Sample records for low-temperature vacuum-aided thermal

  1. Thermal expansion of glasses at low temperatures

    Lyon, K.G.


    The linear thermal expansion coefficient (..cap alpha.. = (par. deltalnL/par. deltaT)/sub p/) was measured at temperatures to 1.2K for two amorphous solids, fused silica and PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate, plexiglas), using a parallel plate capacitor differential dilatometer. The low temperature expansion coefficients for these solids have the same temperature dependences as the specific heats, and show a contribution which is linear in the temperature and which can be associated with the postulate of a broad distribution of two level states. The Grueneisen parameters which are associated with this contribution are comparable for the two solids (Y approx. = -16), and suggest a further indication of common behavior for amorphous solids at low temperature. Large magnitudes for Grueneisen parameters (/..gamma../ > 5) generally are associated with tunneling models. A symmetric double harmonic oscillator tunneling model can be used to understand the sign and magnitude of ..gamma.. for these solids. This model is inconsistent with other thermal and thermodynamic data for fused silica. The existence of similar negative and large magnitude Grueneisen parameters for these two amorphous solids places an additional constraint on theories for the low temperature properties of glasses.

  2. Low temperature thermal-energy storage

    Segaser, C.S.; Christian, J.E.


    This report evaluates currently available techniques and estimated costs of low temperature thermal energy storage (TES) devices applicable to Integrated Community Energy Systems (ICES) installations serving communities ranging in size from approximately 3000 (characterized by an electrical load requirement of 2 MWe) to about 100,000 population (characterized by an electrical load requirement of 100 MWe). Thermal energy in the form of either hotness or coldness can be stored in a variety of media as sensible heat by virtue of a change in temperature of the material, or as latent heat of fusion in which the material changes from the liquid phase to the solid phase at essentially a constant temperature. Both types of material are considered for TES in ICES applications.

  3. Thermal management of low temperature electronics

    Chow, Louis C.; Sehmbey, Maninder S.; Mahefkey, Tom


    Operation of electronics at liquid nitrogen temperature is a very attractive possibility. High temperature superconducting circuits operating at liquid nitrogen temperature (LNT) have great potential in supercomputers and in the medical field. The limitations of superconducting switches in handling high power levels can be overcome by employing hybrid circuits where MOSFET switches are used in conjunction with superconducting elements. These hybrid circuits can be employed advantageously in many applications; for example, high-voltage power conversion, and superconducting-brushless-ac motors for locomotives. However, the thermal management of LNT electronics is an issue that has to be addressed. In this paper, two thermal management techniques, direct immersion cooling, and high-heat-flux spray cooling are discussed. Immersion cooling can handle relatively low heat flux levels (100 kW/m2) while spray cooling is capable of very high heat flux removal (over 1000 kW/m2).

  4. Instrument for Measuring Thermal Conductivity of Materials at Low Temperatures

    Fesmire, James; Sass, Jared; Johnson, Wesley


    With the advance of polymer and other non-metallic material sciences, whole new series of polymeric materials and composites are being created. These materials are being optimized for many different applications including cryogenic and low-temperature industrial processes. Engineers need these data to perform detailed system designs and enable new design possibilities for improved control, reliability, and efficiency in specific applications. One main area of interest is cryogenic structural elements and fluid handling components and other parts, films, and coatings for low-temperature application. An important thermal property of these new materials is the apparent thermal conductivity (k-value).

  5. Thermal Properties of Double-Aluminized Kapton at Low Temperatures

    Tuttle, J.; DiPirro, M.; Canavan, E.; Hait, T.


    Double-aluminized kapton (DAK) is commonly used in multi-layer insulation blankets in cryogenic systems. NASA plans to use individual DAK sheets in lightweight deployable shields for satellites carrying instruments. A set of these shields will reflect away thermal radiation from the sun, the earth, and the instrument's warm side and allow the instrument's cold side to radiate its own heat to deep space. In order to optimally design such a shield system, it is important to understand the thermal characteristics of DAK down to low temperatures. We describe experiments which measured the thermal conductivity and electrical resistivity down to 4 Kelvin and the emissivity down to 10 Kelvin.

  6. Thermal conductivity degradation of graphites irradiated at low temperature

    Snead, L.L.; Burchell, T.D. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)


    The objective of this work is to study the thermal conductivity degradation of new, high thermal conductivity graphites and to compare these results to more standard graphites irradiated at low temperatures. Several graphites and graphite composites (C/C`s) have been irradiated near 150{degree}C and at fluences up to a displacement level of 0.24 dpa. The materials ranged in unirradiated room temperature thermal conductivity of these materials varied from 114 W/m-K for H-451 isotropic graphite, to 670 W/m-K for unidirectional FMI-1D C/C composite. At the irradiation temperature a saturation reduction in thermal conductivity was seen to occur at displacement levels of approximately 0.1 dpa. All materials were seen to degrade to approximately 10 to 14 % of their original thermal conductivity after irradiation. The effect of post irradiation annealing on the thermal conductivity was also studied.

  7. Apparatus for low temperature thermal desorption spectroscopy of portable samples

    Stuckenholz, S.; Büchner, C.; Ronneburg, H.; Thielsch, G.; Heyde, M.; Freund, H.-J.


    An experimental setup for low temperature thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS) integrated in an ultrahigh vacuum-chamber housing a high-end scanning probe microscope for comprehensive multi-tool surface science analysis is described. This setup enables the characterization with TDS at low temperatures (T > 22 K) of portable sample designs, as is the case for scanning probe optimized setups or high-throughput experiments. This combination of techniques allows a direct correlation between surface morphology, local spectroscopy, and reactivity of model catalysts. The performance of the multi-tool setup is illustrated by measurements of a model catalyst. TDS of CO from Mo(001) and from Mo(001) supported MgO thin films were carried out and combined with scanning tunneling microscopy measurements.

  8. Programming Enhancements for Low Temperature Thermal Decomposition Workstation

    Igou, R.E.


    This report describes a new control-and-measurement system design for the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant's Low Temperature Thermal Decomposition (LTTD) process. The new design addresses problems with system reliability stemming from equipment obsolescence and addresses specific functional improvements that plant production personnel have identified, as required. The new design will also support new measurement techniques, which the Y-12 Development Division has identified for future operations. The new techniques will function in concert with the original technique so that process data consistency is maintained.

  9. Low temperature thermal expansion measurements on optical materials.

    Browder, J S; Ballard, S S


    A three-terminal capacitance type dilatometer has been developed for investigating the thermal expansion of optical materials at low temperatures. The method is applicable when only small sample lengths (13 mm or less) are available. The thermal expansion coefficients of six polycrystalline materials (the Irtrans) and of one nonoxide glass have been determined in the range from room temperature down to about 60 K. Minute changes of the length of a sample produce a change of the spacing of a parallel plate capacitor with guard ring; the resulting change of capacitance is measured on a highly sensitive bridge. The expansion coefficients are then determined by relating the change of capacitance to the change of dimensions of the sample.

  10. Highly Effective Thermal Regenerator for Low Temperature Cryocoolers Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Future missions to investigate the structure and evolution of the universe require highly efficient, low-temperature cryocoolers for low-noise detector systems. We...

  11. Low temperature thermal properties of composite insulation systems

    Fabian, P. E.; Bauer-McDaniel, T. S.; Reed, R. P.

    The thermal contraction and thermal conductivity of candidate composite insulation systems for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor toroidal field coils were measured from 295 to 4 K. Matrix materials consisted of a diglycidyl ether of bisphenol-A epoxy suitable for vacuum impregnation, a tetrafunctional epoxy suitable for pre-impregnation, a polyimide system produced by a high-pressure laminating process, and a bismaleimide system. These matrix materials were combined with S-2 glass fabric and various barrier systems, such as ceramic and organic coatings, polyimide film and mica/glass. Thermal contraction was measured by the strain gauge method in which strain gauges are attached directly to the specimen. The thermal contraction in the through-thickness direction was different at 4 K for each resin system and changed slightly with the addition of electrical barriers. The thermal conductivity of the materials, with and without the electrical barriers, was similar at 4 K, but more distinctive at higher temperatures. The systems with the ceramic coatings exhibited the highest thermal conductivities at all temperatures.

  12. Low-temperature thermal energy storage program annual operating plan

    Hoffman, H. W.; Eissenberg, D. M.


    The LTTES program operating plans for FY 1978 are described in terms of general program objectives and the technical activities being implemented to achieve these objectives. The program structure provides emphasis on several principal thrusts; namely, seasonal thermal storage, daily/short-term thermal storage, and waste heat recovery and reuse. A work breakdown structure (WBS) organizes the efforts being carried out in-house or through subcontract within each thrust area. Fiscal data are summarized in respect to thrust area, individual efforts, and funding source.

  13. Low-temperature thermal conductivity of Nylon-6/Cu nanoparticles

    Martelli, V., E-mail: martelliv@fi.infn.i [INFN, Section of Florence, Via G. Sansone 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Florence (Italy); LENS, University of Florence, Via Nello Carrara 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy); Toccafondi, N. [Department of Chemistry - CSGI, University of Florence, Via Lastruccia 3, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Florence (Italy); Ventura, G. [INFN, Section of Florence, Via G. Sansone 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Florence (Italy); Department of Physics, University of Florence, Via G. Sansone 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Florence (Italy)


    We have produced a new nanocomposite material made up of a Nylon-6 matrix in which metallic copper nanoparticle (5% in weight) are uniformly dispersed. Here we report about the measurement of the thermal conductivity of such material between 0.1 and 30 K. Thermal conductivity of the nanocomposite does not substantially differ from that of Nylon. Nevertheless data show interesting features, in particular a sharp dip at 1.4 K which can be interpreted as a resonant scattering of phonons by copper nanoparticles.

  14. Thermal radiation field of low-temperature sources

    Łakomy, T.


    The asymmetric thermal radiation field of heat sources existing in industry and in the building of apartments has been determined in this work. A description was realised by vector radiant and mean radiant temperatures ( VRT, TMR) obtaining their statistic reciprocal relationships at summer and winter terms.

  15. Low-temperature linear thermal rectifiers based on Coriolis forces

    Suwunnarat, Suwun; Li, Huanan; Fleischmann, Ragnar; Kottos, Tsampikos


    We demonstrate that a three-terminal harmonic symmetric chain in the presence of a Coriolis force, produced by a rotating platform that is used to place the chain, can produce thermal rectification. The direction of heat flow is reconfigurable and controlled by the angular velocity Ω of the rotating platform. A simple three-terminal triangular lattice is used to demonstrate the proposed principle.

  16. Low Temperature Thermal Vacuum Test Facility for Optical Instruments

    Sollner, B.


    The challenging goals for current and future scientific missions require further improvements and investigations on space simulation on earth. As a present example for the efforts to be undertaken in order to fulfil those requirements, a specific test set up including the installation of a complete new thermal vacuum test facility is presented, which is designed in the framework of the JWST Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) test campaign at IABG mbH. The qualification tests for the NIRSpec Optical Assembly require temperatures below 20K on three independent heat sinks as well as a helium cooled shroud which surrounds the test object. Furthermore low vibration levels in a clean class5 environment, combined with a long term stability of the parameters to be determined are necessary. Additional specific devices are introduced into the test setup and the test chamber, to allow temporary thermal decoupling, short- term optical access and high optical isolation. Moreover, major improvements on the levelling and positioning of the test setup inside the thermal vacuum chamber are implemented.

  17. Thermal deoxygenation of graphite oxide at low temperature

    Kampars, V.; Legzdina, M.


    Synthesis of graphene via the deoxygenation of the graphite oxide (GO) is a method for the large-scale production of this nanomaterial possessing exceptional mechanical, electrical and translucent properties. Graphite oxide sheet contains at least four different oxygen atoms connected to the Csp3 and Csp2 atoms of the sheet in the form of hydroxyl, epoxy, carboxyl or carbonyl groups. Some of these functional groups are located at the surface but others situated at the edges of the platelets. To obtain the graphene nanoplatelets or the few-layer graphene the oxygen functionalities must be removed. Exfoliation and deoxygenation can be accomplished by the use of chemical reductants or heat. Thermal deoxygenation as greener and simpler approach is more preferable over chemical reduction approach. Usually a considerable mass loss of GO observed upon heating at temperatures starting at 200 °C and is attributed to the deoxygenation process. In order to avoid the defects of the obtained graphene sheets it is very important to find the methods for lowering the deoxygenation temperature of GO. Herein, we have investigated the way treatment of the Hummer's synthesis product with acetone and methyl tert-butyl ether under ultrasonication in order to lower the thermal stability of the graphite oxide and its deoxygenation temperature. The obtained results indicate that treatment of the graphite oxide with solvents mentioned above substantially reduces the reduction and exfoliation temperature (130 °C) under ambient atmosphere. The investigation of the composition of evolved gases by hyphenated Pyr/GC/MS method at different experimental conditions under helium atmosphere shows that without the expected H2O, CO and CO2 also sulphur dioxide and acetone has been released.

  18. Novel fragmentation model for pulverized coal particles gasification in low temperature air thermal plasma

    Jovanović Rastko D.; Cvetinović Dejan B.; Stefanović Predrag Lj.; Škobalj Predrag D.; Marković Zoran J.


    New system for start-up and flame support based on coal gasification by low temperature air thermal plasma is planned to supplement current heavy oil system in Serbian thermal power plants in order to decrease air pollutions emission and operational costs. Locally introduced plasma thermal energy heats up and ignites entrained coal particles, thus starting chain process which releases heat energy from gasified coal particles inside burner channel. Important...

  19. A robust and well shielded thermal conductivity device for low temperature measurements.

    Toews, W H; Hill, R W


    We present a compact mechanically robust thermal conductivity measurement apparatus for measurements at low temperatures (conductivity copper box is used to enclose the sample and all the components. The box provides protection for the thermometers, heater, and most importantly the sample increasing the portability of the mount. In addition to physical protection, the copper box is also effective at shielding radio frequency electromagnetic interference and thermal radiation, which is essential for low temperature measurements. A printed circuit board in conjunction with a braided ribbon cable is used to organize the delicate wiring and provide mechanical robustness.

  20. Probing the superconducting gap of UPt{sub 3} by very low-temperature thermal conductivity

    Suderow, H. [CEA Centre d`Etudes de Grenoble, 38 (France). Dept. de Recherche Fondamentale sur la Matiere Condensee; Brison, J.P. [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), 38 - Grenoble (France). Centre de Recherches sur les Tres Basses Temperatures; Huxley, A.D. [CEA Centre d`Etudes de Grenoble, 38 (France). Dept. de Recherche Fondamentale sur la Matiere Condensee; Flouquet, J. [CEA Centre d`Etudes de Grenoble, 38 (France). Dept. de Recherche Fondamentale sur la Matiere Condensee


    We present new measurements of the thermal conductivity of UPt{sub 3} at very low temperature (T{>=}16 mK) and under magnetic field. We discuss in detail how our measurements (in zero field and finite fields) may help to determine the symmetry of the superconducting order parameter. (orig.).

  1. Very low-temperature thermal conductivity of UPt{sub 3}

    Suderow, H.; Huxley, A.D.; Flouquet, J. [SPSMS, Grenoble (France). Dept. de Recherche Fondamentale sur la Matiere Condensee; Brison, J.P. [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), 38 - Grenoble (France). Centre de Recherches sur les Tres Basses Temperatures


    We present new measurements of the thermal conductivity of UPt{sub 3} down to very low temperatures (16 mK). of these measurements for the order parameter of UPt{sub 3} will be discussed in view of new theoretical predictions. (orig.).

  2. Low temperature thermal diffusivity of LiKSO4 obtained using the photoacoustic phase lag method

    Jorge M.P.P.M.


    Full Text Available This paper describes the determination of the thermal diffusivity of LiKSO4 crystals using the photoacoustic phase lag method, in the 77 K to 300 K temperature interval. This method is quite simple and fast and when it is coupled to a specially designed apparatus, that includes a resonant photoacoustic cell, allows for the determination of the thermal diffusivity at low temperatures. The thermal diffusivity is an important parameter that depends on the temperature, and no values of this parameter for LiKSO4, at low temperature, have yet been reported. The LiKSO4 is a crystal with many phase transitions which can be detected via the anomalies in the variation of the thermal diffusivity as a function of the temperature.

  3. Thermal buffering performance of composite phase change materials applied in low-temperature protective garments

    Yang, Kai; Jiao, Mingli; Yu, Yuanyuan; Zhu, Xueying; Liu, Rangtong; Cao, Jian


    Phase change material (PCM) is increasingly being applied in the manufacturing of functional thermo-regulated textiles and garments. This paper investigated the thermal buffering performance of different composite PCMs which are suitable for the application in functional low-temperature protective garments. First, according to the criteria selecting PCM for functional textiles/garments, three kinds of pure PCM were selected as samples, which were n-hexadecane, n-octadecane and n-eicosane. To get the adjustable phase change temperature range and higher phase change enthalpy, three kinds of composite PCM were prepared using the above pure PCM. To evaluate the thermal buffering performance of different composite PCM samples, the simulated low-temperature experiments were performed in the climate chamber, and the skin temperature variation curves in three different low temperature conditions were obtained. Finally composite PCM samples’ thermal buffering time, thermal buffering capacity and thermal buffering efficiency were calculated. Results show that the comprehensive thermal buffering performance of n-octadecane and n-eicosane composite PCM is the best.

  4. Phonon Transmission and Thermal Conductance in Fibonacci Wire at Low Temperature

    ZHANG Yong-Mei; XU Chen-Hua; XIONG Shi-Jie


    We investigate the phonon transmission and thermal conductance in a general Fibonacci quasicrystal by the model of lattice dynamics and the technique of transfer matrix.It is found that quasiperiodic distribution of masses may greatly destroy the phonon transport at both low and high frequencies and thus may affect the thermal conductance.The thermal conductance increases with temperature at low temperatures and displays saturation with further increase of the temperature.Such saturation behaviour is preserved even when the mass ratio of atoms in the Fibonacci chain is changed.

  5. Low-Temperature Thermal Conductance in Superlattice Nanowire with Structural Defect

    WANG Xin-Jun; LIU Jing-Feng; LI Shui


    Using the scattering-matrix cascading method, we investigate the effect of structural defect on the acoustic phonon transmission and thermal conductance in the superlattice nanowire at low temperatures. In the present system, the phonon transmissions exhibit quite complex oscillatory behaviour. It is found that a lateral defect in an otherwise periodic structure significantly decrease the thermal conductance and completely washes away the transmission quantization. However, the appreciable transmission quantization survives in the presence of a longitudinal defect whereas a good quantization plateau of thermal conductance emerges below the universal level in a wide temperature range with the lateral defect.

  6. Performance Assessment of Low-Temperature Thermal Storage with Electromagnetic Control

    Ya-Wei Lee


    Full Text Available This study presents electromagnetic-controlled thermal storage (ECTS that can be directly implemented in strategies of low-temperature waste heat recovery for energy-consuming equipment. A magnetic nanofluid (MNF prepared from fine iron ferrite ferromagnetic particles is recommended as a latent heat medium (LHM. During electromagnetic induction, local flow fluctuations are generated and thermal convection in the MNF can be enhanced. The achieved results demonstrated that ECTS has a wide operational range and an optimum storage efficiency of 84.46%. Thus, a self-perturbation mode used to enhance thermal energy transportation can be designed for numerous waste heat management applications.

  7. Negative thermal expansion and anomalies of heat capacity of LuB50 at low temperatures.

    Novikov, V V; Zhemoedov, N A; Matovnikov, A V; Mitroshenkov, N V; Kuznetsov, S V; Bud'ko, S L


    Heat capacity and thermal expansion of LuB50 boride were experimentally studied in the 2-300 K temperature range. The data reveal an anomalous contribution to the heat capacity at low temperatures. The value of this contribution is proportional to the first degree of temperature. It was identified that this anomaly in heat capacity is caused by the effect of disorder in the LuB50 crystalline structure and it can be described in the soft atomic potential model (SAP). The parameters of the approximation were determined. The temperature dependence of LuB50 heat capacity in the whole temperature range was approximated by the sum of SAP contribution, Debye and two Einstein components. The parameters of SAP contribution for LuB50 were compared to the corresponding values for LuB66, which was studied earlier. Negative thermal expansion at low temperatures was experimentally observed for LuB50. The analysis of the experimental temperature dependence for the Gruneisen parameter of LuB50 suggested that the low-frequency oscillations, described in SAP mode, are responsible for the negative thermal expansion. Thus, the glasslike character of the behavior of LuB50 thermal characteristics at low temperatures was confirmed.

  8. Low-temperature thermal transport and thermopower of monolayer transition metal dichalcogenide semiconductors

    Sengupta, Parijat; Tan, Yaohua; Klimeck, Gerhard; Shi, Junxia


    We study the low temperature thermal conductivity of single-layer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs). In the low temperature regime where heat is carried primarily through transport of electrons, thermal conductivity is linked to electrical conductivity through the Wiedemann–Franz law (WFL). Using a k.p Hamiltonian that describes the K and K{\\prime} valley edges, we compute the zero-frequency electric (Drude) conductivity using the Kubo formula to obtain a numerical estimate for the thermal conductivity. The impurity scattering determined transit time of electrons which enters the Drude expression is evaluated within the self-consistent Born approximation. The analytic expressions derived show that low temperature thermal conductivity (1) is determined by the band gap at the valley edges in monolayer TMDCs and (2) in presence of disorder which can give rise to the variable range hopping regime, there is a distinct reduction. Additionally, we compute the Mott thermopower and demonstrate that under a high frequency light beam, a valley-resolved thermopower can be obtained. A closing summary reviews the implications of results followed by a brief discussion on applicability of the WFL and its breakdown in context of the presented calculations.

  9. Low temperature dielectric relaxation of poly (L-lactic acid) (PLLA) by Thermally Stimulated Depolarization Current

    Mishra Patidar, Manju; Jain, Deepti; Nath, R.; Ganesan, V.


    Poly (L-lactic acid) (PLLA) is a biodegradable and biocompatible polyester that can be produced by renewable resources, like corn. Being non-toxic to human body, PLLA is used in biomedical applications, like surgical sutures, bone fixation devices, or controlled drug delivery. Besides its application studies, very few experiments have been done to study its dielectric relaxation in the low temperature region. Keeping this in mind we have performed a low temperature thermally stimulated depolarization current (TSDC) studies over the temperature range of 80K-400K to understand the relaxation phenomena of PLLA. We could observe a multi modal broad relaxation of small but significant intensity at low temperatures while a sharp and high intense peak around glass transition temperature, Tg∼ 333K, of PLLA has appeared. The fine structure of the low temperature TSDC peak may be attributed to the spherulites formation of crystallite regions inter twinned with the polymer as seen in AFM and appear to be produced due to an isothermal crystallization process. XRD analysis also confirms the semicrystalline nature of the PLLA film.

  10. Study of the low temperature thermal properties of the geometrically frustrated magnet: Gadolinium gallium garnet

    Tsui, Y. K.; Kalechofsky, N.; Burns, C. A.; Schiffer, P.


    Gadolinium gallium garnet, Gd3Ga5O12 (GGG) has an extraordinary low temperature phase diagram. Although the Curie-Weiss temperature of GGG is about -2 K, GGG shows no long-range order down to T˜0.4 K. At low temperatures GGG has a spin glass phase at low fields (⩽0.1 T) and a field-induced long-range order antiferromagnetic state at fields of between 0.7 and 1.3 T [P. Schiffer et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 73, 2500 (1994), S. Hov, H. Bratsberg, and A. T. Skjeltorp, J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 15-18, 455 (1980); S. Hov, Ph.D. thesis, University of Oslo, 1979 (unpublished), A. P. Ramirez and R. N. Kleiman, J. Appl. Phys. 69, 5252 (1991)]. However, the nature of the ground state at intermediate fields is still unknown, and has been hypothesized to be a three-dimensional spin liquid. We have measured the thermal conductivity (κ) and heat capacity (C) of a high-quality single crystal of GGG in the low temperature regime in order to study the nature of this state. The field dependence of κ shows that phonons are the predominant heat carriers and are scattered by spin fluctuations. We observe indications in κ(H) and C(H) of both the field induced ordering and the spin glass phase at low temperatures (T⩽200 mK).

  11. Low-temperature growth of multi-walled carbon nanotubes by thermal CVD

    Halonen, Niina; Leino, Anne-Riikka; Maeklin, Jani; Kukkola, Jarmo; Toth, Geza [Microelectronics and Materials Physics Laboratories, University of Oulu (Finland); Sapi, Andras; Nagy, Laszlo; Puskas, Robert; Kukovecz, Akos; Konya, Zoltan [Department of Applied and Environmental Chemistry, University of Szeged (Hungary); Wu, Ming-Chung; Liao, Hsueh-Chung; Su, Wei-Fang [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei (China); Shchukarev, Andrey; Mikkola, Jyri-Pekka [Department of Chemistry, Institute of Technical Chemistry, Chemical-Biological Center, Umeaa University (Sweden); Kordas, Krisztian [Microelectronics and Materials Physics Laboratories, University of Oulu (Finland); Department of Chemistry, Institute of Technical Chemistry, Chemical-Biological Center, Umeaa University (Sweden)


    Low-temperature thermal chemical vapor deposition (thermal CVD) synthesis of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) was studied using a large variety of different precursor compounds. Cyclopentene oxide, tetrahydrofuran, methanol, and xylene:methanol mixture as oxygen containing heteroatomic precursors, while xylene and acetylene as conventional hydrocarbon feedstocks were applied in the experiments. The catalytic activity of Co, Fe, Ni, and their bi- as well as tri-metallic combinations were tested for the reactions. Low-temperature CNT growth occurred at 400 C when using bi-metallic Co-Fe and tri-metallic Ni-Co-Fe catalyst (on alumina) and methanol or acetylene as precursors. In the case of monometallic catalyst nanoparticles, only Co (both on alumina and on silica) was found to be active in the low temperature growth (below 500 C) from oxygenates such as cyclopentene oxide and methanol. The structure and composition of the achieved MWCNTs products were studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM) as well as by Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The successful MWCNT growth below 500 C is promising from the point of view of integrating MWCNT materials into existing IC fabrication technologies. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  12. Substrate-dependent thermal conductivity of aluminum nitride thin-films processed at low temperature

    Belkerk, B. E., E-mail: [Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel (IMN), University of Nantes, 2 rue de la Houssinière BP 32229, 44322 Nantes cedex 3 (France); Universités de Constantine, Laboratoire Microsystèmes et Instrumentation (LMI), Université Constantine 1, Faculté des Sciences de la Technologie, Route de Ain El Bey, Constantine 25017 (Algeria); Bensalem, S.; Soussou, A.; Carette, M.; Djouadi, M. A.; Scudeller, Y. [Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel (IMN), University of Nantes, 2 rue de la Houssinière BP 32229, 44322 Nantes cedex 3 (France); Al Brithen, H. [Department of Physics and Astronomy at College of Science, King Saud University at Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)


    In this paper, we report on investigation concerning the substrate-dependent thermal conductivity (k) of Aluminum Nitride (AlN) thin-films processed at low temperature by reactive magnetron sputtering. The thermal conductivity of AlN films grown at low temperature (<200 °C) on single-crystal silicon (Si) and amorphous silicon nitride (SiN) with thicknesses ranging from 100 nm to 4000 nm was measured with the transient hot-strip technique. The k values for AlN films on SiN were found significantly lower than those on Silicon consistently with their microstructures revealed by X-ray diffraction, high resolution scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The change in k was due to the thermal boundary resistance found to be equal to 10 × 10{sup −9} Km{sup 2}W{sup −1} on SiN against 3.5 × 10{sup −9} Km{sup 2}W{sup −1} on Si. However, the intrinsic thermal conductivity was determined with a value as high as 200 Wm{sup −1}K{sup −1} whatever the substrate.

  13. Diffusive thermal conductivity of the A1-phase of superfluid 3He at low temperatures

    Afzali, R.; Ebrahimian, N.


    The diffusive thermal conductivity tensor of the A1-phase of superfluid 3He at low temperatures and melting pressure are calculated beyond the s-p approximation, by using the Boltzmann equation approach. The interaction between normal-normal, normal-Bogoliubov and Bogoliubov-Bogoliubov quasiparticles in the collision integrals are considered for important scattering processes such as binary process. At low temperatures, we show that the scattering between Bogoliubov and normal quasiparticles in binary processes plays an important role in the A1-phase, and Bogoliubov-Bogoliubov interaction is ignorable. We show that the two normal and superfluid components take part in elements of the diffusive thermal conductivity tensor differently. We obtain the result that the elements of the diffusive thermal conductivities, Kxx, Kyy and Kzz, are proportional to T-1, and also that the superfluid components of the diffusive thermal conductivity tensor, K_{xx \\uparrow } and K_{zz \\uparrow } , are proportional to T3 and T, respectively.

  14. Low temperature thermal energy storage: a state-of-the-art survey

    Baylin, F.


    The preliminary version of an analysis of activities in research, development, and demonstration of low temperature thermal energy storage (TES) technologies having applications in renewable energy systems is presented. Three major categories of thermal storage devices are considered: sensible heat; phase change materials (PCM); and reversible thermochemical reactions. Both short-term and annual thermal energy storage technologies based on prinicples of sensible heat are discussed. Storage media considered are water, earth, and rocks. Annual storage technologies include solar ponds, aquifers, and large tanks or beds of water, earth, or rocks. PCM storage devices considered employ salt hydrates and organic compounds. The sole application of reversible chemical reactions outlined is for the chemical heat pump. All program processes from basic research through commercialization efforts are investigated. Nongovernment-funded industrial programs and foreign efforts are outlined as well. Data describing low temperature TES activities are presented also as project descriptions. Projects for all these programs are grouped into seven categories: short-term sensible heat storage; annual sensible heat storage; PCM storage; heat transfer and exchange; industrial waste heat recovery and storage; reversible chemical reaction storage; and models, economic analyses, and support studies. Summary information about yearly funding and brief descriptions of project goals and accomplishments are included.

  15. Effect of low temperature melt on solidification structure of A356 alloy with melt thermal treatment

    何树先; 王俊; 孙宝德; 周尧和


    The influence of the low temperature melt (LTM) structure on solidification structure of the sample with melt thermal treatment (MTT) process was studied. And the mechanism of the MTT process was analyzed with cluster theory. It is shown that the final solidification structure is dependent mainly on the structure of LTM. Dendrites will appear in the solidification structure if the structure of LTM is dendritic before MTT. Otherwise, non-dendritic grains will appear in the solidification structure. And the lower the temperature of LTM, the more remarkable the effect of the LTM structure is.

  16. Measurements of interfacial thermal contact conductance between pressed alloys at low temperatures

    Zheng, Jiang; Li, Yanzhong; Chen, Pengwei; Yin, Geyuan; Luo, Huaihua


    Interfacial thermal contact conductance is the primary factor limiting the heat transfer in many cryogenic engineering applications. This paper presents an experimental apparatus to measure interfacial thermal contact conductance between pressed alloys in a vacuum environment at low temperatures. The measurements of thermal contact conductance between pressed alloys are conducted by using the developed apparatus. The results show that the contact conductance increases with the decrease of surface roughness, the increase of interface temperature and contact pressure. The temperature dependence of thermal conductivity and mechanical properties is analyzed to explain the results. Thermal contact conductance of a pair of stainless steel specimens is obtained in the interface temperature range of 135-245 K and in the contact pressure range of 1-9 MPa. The results are regressed as a power function of temperature and load. Thermal conductance is also obtained between aluminums as well as between stainless steel and aluminum. The load exponents of the regressed relations for different contacts are compared. Existing theoretical models (the Cooper-Mikic-Yovanovich plastic model, the Mikic elastic model and the improved Kimura model) are reviewed and compared with the experimental results. The Cooper-Mikic-Yovanovich model predictions are found to be in good agreement with experimental results, especially with measurements between aluminums.

  17. Thermal expansion behavior of hydrate paramylon in the low-temperature region.

    Kobayashi, Kayoko; Kimura, Satoshi; Togawa, Eiji; Wada, Masahisa


    The thermal expansion behavior of hydrate paramylon between 100 and 300K has been investigated using synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. The X-ray diffraction profile at 300K showed a typical pattern of the hydrate triple helical (1→3)-β-d-glucan with a hexagonal unit cell (a=15.782Å and c=18.580Å). On cooling, the hydrate paramylon had converted to a "low-temperature phase" around 270K. On passing through the phase transition, the a-axis and c-axis values decreased and increased, respectively, and the low-temperature phase at 100K exhibited a hexagonal unit cell (a=15.586Å and c=18.619Å). The phase transition took place reversibly. Below the transition point, both the a-axis and c-axis values decreased linearly. The thermal expansion coefficients are: α(a)=1.50×10(-5)K(-1), α(c)=0.33×10(-5)K(-1), and β=3.08×10(-5)K(-1).

  18. The effective thermal conductivity of insulation materials reinforced with aluminium foil at low temperatures

    Yüksel, N.; Avcı, A.; Kılıç, M.


    The effective thermal conductivity (ETC) of multilayer thermal insulation materials was experimentally investigated as a function of temperature (0-25 °C). The materials consisted of binary/ternary glass wools or ternary expanded polystyrene foams reinforced with aluminium foil. The experimental measurements were performed using a guarded hot plate with temperature differences of 5, 10 and 15 °C. The results indicated that significant correlations exist between ETC and the characteristics of the materials with decreasing temperature. The ETC decreases with reinforcement with aluminium foil at the same temperature or with temperature differences of 5 and 15 °C. In addition, it was clearly observed that the ETC decreases sharply with decreased temperature. Consequently, reflective materials may reduce the ETC at low temperatures.

  19. Effect of low-temperature plasma treatment on tailorability and thermal properties of wool fabrics

    V S Goud; J S Udakhe


    Dielectric barrier discharge type of plasma reactor was used for the low-temperature plasma (LTP) treatment of the wool fabrics. Air was used as the non-polymerizing gas for the plasma treatment at different time intervals. Low-stress mechanical properties of the treated and untreated wool fabrics were evaluated using Siro-fast technique which revealed that the tensile, bending, compression, shear, dimensional stability and surface properties were altered after the LTP treatment. Other properties such as thermal conductivity, thermal resistance and pilling propensity were also evaluated. The surface topographical changes of the wool fibres after LTP treatment were analysed by scanning electron microscopy. The changes in these properties are supposed to be related closely to the interfibre and interyarn frictional force and increased surface area of the fibres induced by the etching effect of plasma.

  20. Thermal comfort analysis of a low temperature waste energy recovery system. SIECHP

    Herrero Martin, R. [Departamento de Ingenieria Termica y de Fluidos, Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena, C/Dr. Fleming, s/n (Campus Muralla), 30202 Cartagena, Murcia (Spain); Rey Martinez, F.J.; Velasco Gomez, E. [Departamento de Ingenieria Energetica y Fluidomecanica, ETSII, Universidad de Valladolid, Paseo del Cauce s/n, 47011 Valladolid (Spain)


    The use of a recovery device is justified in terms of energy savings and environmental concerns. But it is clear that the use of a recovery system also has to lead to controlling indoor environmental quality, nowadays a priority concern. In this article, experimental research has been carried out whose aim is to study the thermal comfort provided by a combined recovery equipment (SIECHP), consisting of a ceramic semi-indirect evaporative cooler (SIEC) and a heat pipe device (HP) to recover energy at low temperature in air-conditioning systems. To characterize this device empirically in terms of thermal comfort (TC), Fanger's predicted mean vote (PMV), draught rate, and vertical air temperature difference were used in this study as the TC criteria. (author)

  1. Closing the Loop - Utilization of Secondary Resources by Low Temperature Thermal Gasification

    Thomsen, Tobias Pape

    and drawbacks of low temperature gasification compared to anaerobic digestion and incineration are briefly discussed in this regard. Development and implementation of a method to screen for new fuel candidates for LT‐CFB gasification is conducted, and 22 new potential fuel candidates are characterized...... and compared to 4 previously proven LT‐CFB fuels. The investigated fuel candidates are categorized by their apparent suitability as LT‐CFB fuels and various positive characteristics as well as potentially problematic issues are discussed. The overall conclusion from the fuel screening is that in a Danish...... and corrosion of steel surfaces during thermal tests. The fuel screening also includes a screening of P fertilizer quality of ashes and chars produced from thermal treatment of the different fuels, and significant differences were identified between the P fertilizer quality of ashes and chars. The fuel...

  2. Characteristics of Syngas Auto-ignition at High Pressure and Low Temperature Conditions with Thermal Inhomogeneities

    Pal, Pinaki


    Effects of thermal inhomogeneities on syngas auto-ignition at high-pressure low-temperature conditions, relevant to gas turbine operation, are investigated using detailed one-dimensional numerical simulations. Parametric tests are carried out for a range of thermodynamic conditions (T = 890-1100 K, P = 3-20 atm) and composition (Ф = 0.1, 0.5). Effects of global thermal gradients and localized thermal hot spots are studied. In the presence of a thermal gradient, the propagating reaction front transitions from spontaneous ignition to deflagration mode as the initial mean temperature decreases. The critical mean temperature separating the two distinct auto-ignition modes is computed using a predictive criterion and found to be consistent with front speed and Damkohler number analyses. The hot spot study reveals that compression heating of end-gas mixture by the propagating front is more pronounced at lower mean temperatures, significantly advancing the ignition delay. Moreover, the compression heating effect is dependent on the domain size.

  3. Synthesis of ZnO eggshell-like hollow spheres via thermal evaporation at low temperature

    Xu, L L; Zhao, P Q; Wu, X L; Xiong, X; Huang, G S; Chen, H T; Zhu, J [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)


    Hollow zinc oxide microspheres have been successfully synthesized on silicon substrate via simple thermal evaporation of pure zinc powder without any catalyst or template material at a relatively low temperature of 550 deg. C. The morphologies, chemical composition and crystal structure are characterized using x-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. A smooth surface and rough ones with many nanopores are observed. The difference in the structures of the shells is discussed and a possible growth mechanism is proposed in detail. The room-temperature photoluminescence spectrum reveals a peak at 380 nm corresponding to free exciton emission and a strong green emission at {approx} 525 nm associated with defect-related emission.

  4. Novel fragmentation model for pulverized coal particles gasification in low temperature air thermal plasma

    Jovanović Rastko D.


    Full Text Available New system for start-up and flame support based on coal gasification by low temperature air thermal plasma is planned to supplement current heavy oil system in Serbian thermal power plants in order to decrease air pollutions emission and operational costs. Locally introduced plasma thermal energy heats up and ignites entrained coal particles, thus starting chain process which releases heat energy from gasified coal particles inside burner channel. Important stages during particle combustion, such as particle devolatilisation and char combustion, are described with satisfying accuracy in existing commercial CFD codes that are extensively used as powerful tool for pulverized coal combustion and gasification modeling. However, during plasma coal gasification, high plasma temperature induces strong thermal stresses inside interacting coal particles. These stresses lead to “thermal shock” and extensive particle fragmentation during which coal particles with initial size of 50-100 m disintegrate into fragments of at most 5-10 m. This intensifies volatile release by a factor 3-4 and substantially accelerates the oxidation of combustible matter. Particle fragmentation, due to its small size and thus limited influence on combustion process is commonly neglected in modelling. The main focus of this work is to suggest novel approach to pulverized coal gasification under high temperature conditions and to implement it into commercial comprehensive code ANSYS FLUENT 14.0. Proposed model was validated against experimental data obtained in newly built pilot scale D.C plasma burner test facility. Newly developed model showed very good agreement with experimental results with relative error less than 10%, while the standard built-in gasification model had error up to 25%.

  5. Generalized Grüneisen parameters and low temperature limit of lattice thermal expansion of cadmium and zirconium

    S Sindhu; C S Menon


    The generalized Grüneisen parameters ($_{j}^{'}$) and ($_{j}^{''}$) for cadmium and zirconium were calculated from the second- and third-order elastic constants to determine the low temperature limit of the volume thermal expansion of these metals of hexagonal symmetry. The low temperature limit of cadmium and zirconium was calculated to be positive values indicating a positive volume expansion down to 0 K even though many Grüneisen gammas were found to be negative.

  6. Characterization and Thermal Dehydration Kinetics of Highly Crystalline Mcallisterite, Synthesized at Low Temperatures

    Emek Moroydor Derun


    Full Text Available The hydrothermal synthesis of a mcallisterite (Mg2(B6O7(OH62·9(H2O mineral at low temperatures was characterized. For this purpose, several reaction temperatures (0–70°C and reaction times (30–240 min were studied. Synthesized minerals were subjected to X-ray diffraction (XRD, fourier transform infrared (FT-IR, and Raman spectroscopies and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Additionally, experimental analyses of boron trioxide (B2O3 content and reaction yields were performed. Furthermore, thermal gravimetry and differential thermal analysis (TG/DTA were used for the determination of thermal dehydration kinetics. According to the XRD results, mcallisterite, which has a powder diffraction file (pdf number of “01-070-1902,” was formed under certain reaction parameters. Pure crystalline mcallisterite had diagnostic FT-IR and Raman vibration peaks and according to the SEM analysis, for the minerals which were synthesized at 60°C and 30 min of reaction time, particle size was between 398.30 and 700.06 nm. Its B2O3 content and reaction yield were 50.80±1.12% and 85.80±0.61%, respectively. Finally, average activation energies (conversion values (α that were selected between 0.1 and 0.6 were calculated as 100.40 kJ/mol and 98.31 kJ/mol according to Ozawa and Kissinger-Akahira-Sunose (KAS methods, respectively.

  7. Low temperature thermal windowing (TW) thermally stimulated depolarization current (TSDC) setup

    Jain, Deepti; Sharath Chandra, L. S.; Nath, R.; Ganesan, V.


    We report here the design and implementation of a precise and easy to operate thermally stimulated depolarization current (TSDC) measurement setup for temperature range 77-400 K. The sample loading is made simple by sandwiching the sample between two copper disk electrodes using a spring-shaft arrangement. The salient features of the setup are precise thermal windowing (TW) capability and linear heating rate over the entire temperature range. The resolution in the measurement of depolarization current is of the order of 7×10-14 A. This is achieved by means of good electrical insulation of the electrodes from the rest of the setup and utilization of low noise circuitry. Precision of the system is demonstrated by its capability to resolve constituent relaxations present in complex relaxation processes using the TW experiments. Study and detection of glass transition processes in polyethylene terephthalate, four relaxation processes in polymethyl methacrylate, glass and crystallization transitions along with the onset of ferroelectric Curie transitions in polyvinylidene fluoride and characterization of electret state in amino acids l-arginine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, tryptophan, glutamic acid, glutamine and methionine show the versatility of our setup.

  8. Thermally induced strain relaxation in SiGe/Si heterostructures with low-temperature buffer layers

    Vdovin, V.I.; Mil' vidskii, M.G. [Institute for Chemical Problems of Microelectronics, 119017 Moscow (Russian Federation); Yugova, T.G. [Institute of Rare Metals ' Giredmet' , 119017 Moscow (Russian Federation); Rzaev, M.M. [Lebedev Physical Institute, RAS, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Schaeffler, F. [Institut fuer Halbleiter- und Festkoerperphysik, 4040 Linz (Austria)


    Processes of misfit dislocation (MD) nucleation and multiplication in SiGe/Si strained-layer heterostructures under thermal annealing were studied. Specific subjects include the kinetics of dislocation network formation in heterostructures with low-temperature (LT) buffer layers and mechanisms of dislocation nucleation. Samples with LT-Si (400 C) and LT-SiGe (250 C) buffer layers were grown by MBE. In general, the processes of MD generation occur similarly in the heterostructures studied independently of the alloy composition (Ge content: 0.15, 0.30) and kind of buffer layer. Intrinsic point defects related to the LT epitaxial growth influence mainly the rate of MD nucleation. We suggest a new mechanism of MD generation which includes a nucleation of incipient dislocation loops at heterogeneous sources within SiGe epitaxial layer and formation of spiral sources at threading V-shaped dislocation half-loops. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  9. Thermally stimulated luminescence of polycrystalline CdWO{sub 4} at low temperatures

    Novais, S.M.V.; Silva, R.S. da [Laboratory of Advanced Ceramic Materials, Physics Department, Federal University of Sergipe, 49.100-000 Sao Cristovao, SE (Brazil); Macedo, Z.S., E-mail: [Laboratory of Advanced Ceramic Materials, Physics Department, Federal University of Sergipe, 49.100-000 Sao Cristovao, SE (Brazil)


    CdWO{sub 4} scintillator powders were produced via solid state reaction and investigated by thermally stimulated luminescence technique after UV irradiation. Under a heating rate of 0.1 K/s, the glow curve presented a superposition of peaks at low temperatures. Four peaks were identified below 80 K by partial heating method and their kinetic parameters were evaluated from the initial rise analysis. Measurements were also performed for heating rates of 0.05 and 0.2 K/s and allowed the kinetic study by peak position method. Surface effects due to the polycrystalline feature of the sample were investigated by comparing the results with those reported for CdWO{sub 4} single crystals. - Highlights: {yields} TSL glow curve of CWO presented a superposition of at least 4 peaks below 80 K. {yields} Kinetic parameters were determined from initial rise and peak position methods. {yields} Concentrations of trapping centers related to nonstoichiometry were lowered. {yields} Surface effects caused peak widening and appearance of maximums at 117 and 160 K. {yields} For temperatures above 250 K, no TSL signal was detected.

  10. Vacuum-Aided Recovery Technology of Spent Ni-Cd Batteries


    Recovery of Ni-Cd batteries was studied by a self-designed vacuum-aided recovering system under laboratory condi-tions. The fundamental research on a process of disassembling and recovering selected materials from Ni-Cd batterieswas conducted. The impacts of temperature, pressure and time were studied respectively. The mechanism of vac-uum thermal recovering was also discussed. The results show that: Ni-Cd batteries can be recovered effectively by vacuum-aided recovering system at 573~1173 K. At constant pressure, the increase of temperature can improve theseparating efficiency of cadmium. When the temperature is 1173 K, the cadmium can evaporate completely fromthe residue during 3 h at 10 Pa. The reduction of pressure in the certain range is effective to separate cadmium byvacuum distillation. Distillation time is a very important factor affecting separation of cadmium.

  11. Thermal conductivity of low temperature grown vertical carbon nanotube bundles measured using the three-ω method

    Vollebregt, S.; Banerjee, S.; Beenakker, K.; Ishihara, R.


    The thermal conductivity of as-grown vertical multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNT) bundles fabricated at low temperature (500 °C) was measured using a vertical 3ω-method. For this, CNT were selectively grown inside an oxide opening and sandwiched between two metal electrodes. The validity of the meth

  12. Characterisation of Zinc Oxide and Cadmium Oxide Nanostructures Obtained from the Low Temperature Thermal Decomposition of Inorganic Precursors

    K. Kalpanadevi; Sinduja, C. R.; Manimekalai, R.


    Low temperature syntheses of zinc oxide and cadmium oxide nanoparticles are reported in this paper. The inorganic precursor complexes were prepared and characterised by hydrazine and metal analyses, infrared spectral analysis, and thermal analysis. Using appropriate annealing conditions, zinc oxide and cadmium oxide nanoparticles of average particle sizes around 13 nm and 30 nm were synthesised from the precursors by a simple thermal decomposition route. The synthesised nanoparticles were cha...

  13. Concentration of paramagnetic centres at low-temperature thermal destruction of asphaltenes of heavy petroleum distillates

    Dolomatov M.U., Rodionov A.A., Gafurov M.R., Petrov A.V., Biktagirov T.B., Bakhtizin R.Z., Makarchikov S.O., Khairudinov I.Z., Orlinskii S.B.


    Full Text Available Changes of paramagnetic centers (PC concentration in dispersed petroleum systems were studied in the process of low-temperature thermolysis. The kinetic model of PC concentration dynamics based on the processes of unpaired electrons formation during singlet-triplet transitions, weak chemical bonds dissociation and recombination of free radicals is proposed.

  14. Influence of thermally activated processes on the deformation behavior during low temperature ECAP

    Fritsch, S.; Scholze, M.; F-X Wagner, M.


    High strength aluminum alloys are generally hard to deform. Therefore, the application of conventional severe plastic deformation methods to generate ultrafine-grained microstructures and to further increase strength is considerably limited. In this study, we consider low temperature deformation in a custom-built, cooled equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) tool (internal angle 90°) as an alternative approach to severely plastically deform a 7075 aluminum alloy. To document the maximum improvement of mechanical properties, these alloys are initially deformed from a solid solution heat-treated condition. We characterize the mechanical behavior and the microstructure of the coarse grained initial material at different low temperatures, and we analyze how a tendency for the PLC effect and the strain-hardening rate affect the formability during subsequent severe plastic deformation at low temperatures. We then discuss how the deformation temperature and velocity influence the occurrence of PLC effects and the homogeneity of the deformed ECAP billets. Besides the mechanical properties and these microstructural changes, we discuss technologically relevant processing parameters (such as pressing forces) and practical limitations, as well as changes in fracture behavior of the low temperature deformed materials as a function of deformation temperature.

  15. Low temperature thermal conductivity of Zn-doped YBCO evidence for impurity-induced electronic bound states

    Behnia, K; Taillefer, L; Gagnon, R


    The thermal conductivity of Zn-doped YBCO crystals was studied at low temperature (0.15 < T < 0.8 K) for different concentrations of Zn impurities. A small amount of Zn induces a dramatic decrease in the non-linear component of the low-temperature thermal conductivity. Moreover, the magnitude of the linear component (obtained by extrapolating the data to T=0) is found to depend on Zn concentration. After an initial decrease, this linear term, associated with the electronic contribution to the conductivity, increases with increasing Zn dopage. Such an increase is consistent with the introduction of low-energy excitations by Zn impurities as expected for a $d_{x^2-y^2}$ superconducting state in contrast to an anisotropic s-wave gap. The results are compared to quantitative predictions of available theoretical models.



    To control the defects in thermal debinding stage, low temperature thermal debinding behavior of wax in the multi-component binder for tungsten heavy alloy was studied. The wax burnout temperature is below 250 ℃, at which the defects mainly occur. The debinding rate is controlled by the diffusion of wax in the polymer to the inner surface of pores and then to the external environment. The experiment proved the amount of removed wax as an exponential function of time, the reciprocal sample thickness and temperature coeffcient.

  17. Formation of plasmonic silver nanoparticles using rapid thermal annealing at low temperature and study in reflectance reduction of Si surface

    Barman, Bidyut; Dhasmana, Hrishikesh; Verma, Abhishek; Kumar, Amit; Pratap Chaudhary, Shiv; Jain, V. K.


    This work presents studies of plasmonic silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) formation at low temperatures (200 °C-300 °C) onto Si surface by sputtering followed with rapid thermal processing (RTP) for different time durations(5-30 min). The study reveals that 20 min RTP at all temperatures show minimum average size of AgNPs (60.42 nm) with corresponding reduction in reflectance of Si surface from 40.12% to mere 1.15% only in wavelength region 300-800 nm for RTP at 200 °C. A detailed supporting growth mechanism is also discussed. This low temperature technique can be helpful in achieving efficiency improvement in solar cells via reflectance reduction with additional features such as reproducibility, minimal time and very good adhesion without damaging underlying layers device parameters.

  18. Diffusive thermal conductivity of the A{sub 1}-phase of superfluid {sup 3}He at low temperatures

    Afzali, R; Ebrahimian, N [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Isfahan, Isfahan 81744 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    The diffusive thermal conductivity tensor of the A{sub 1}-phase of superfluid {sup 3}He at low temperatures and melting pressure are calculated beyond the s-p approximation, by using the Boltzmann equation approach. The interaction between normal-normal, normal-Bogoliubov and Bogoliubov-Bogoliubov quasiparticles in the collision integrals are considered for important scattering processes such as binary process. At low temperatures, we show that the scattering between Bogoliubov and normal quasiparticles in binary processes plays an important role in the A{sub 1}-phase, and Bogoliubov-Bogoliubov interaction is ignorable. We show that the two normal and superfluid components take part in elements of the diffusive thermal conductivity tensor differently. We obtain the result that the elements of the diffusive thermal conductivities, K{sub xx}, K{sub yy} and K{sub zz}, are proportional to T{sup -1}, and also that the superfluid components of the diffusive thermal conductivity tensor, K{sub xx{up_arrow}} and K{sub zz{up_arrow}}, are proportional to T{sup 3} and T, respectively.

  19. Thermal Conductivity Measurement Setup for Low Temperature Characterization of Laser Materials


    temperature for typical dielectrics Temperature is not the only factor that can influence thermal conductivity; the purity of the dielectric solid also plays...SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES 14. ABSTRACT We have developed a setup for accurately measuring the thermal conductivity κ of solid dielectric samples in the...and low thermal losses across the sample. Initial benchmark κ measurements of an undoped single-crystal yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) sample show

  20. Transported Low-Temperature Geothermal Energy for Thermal End Uses Final Report

    Yang, Zhiyao [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Liu, Xiaobing [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Gluesenkamp, Kyle R [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Mehdizadeh Momen, Ayyoub [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Li, Jan-Mou [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)


    The use of geothermal energy is an emerging area for improving the nation’s energy resiliency. Conventionally, geothermal energy applications have focused on power generation using high temperature hydrothermal resources or enhanced geothermal systems. However, many low temperature (below 150°C/300°F) geothermal resources are also available but have not been fully utilized. For example, it is estimated that 25 billion barrels of geothermal fluid (mostly water and some dissolved solids) at 176°F to 302°F (80°C to 150°C) is coproduced annually at oil and gas wells in the United States (DOE 2015). The heat contained in coproduced geothermal fluid (also referred as “coproduced water”) is typically wasted because the fluid is reinjected back into the ground without extracting the heat.

  1. Preliminary assessment of a mixture of capric and lauric acids for low-temperature thermal energy storage

    Dimaano, M.N.R. [University of Santo Tomas, Manila (Philippines). Research Center for the Natural Sciences; Escoto, A.D. [University of the Philippines, Quezon City (Philippines). Dept. of Chemical Engineering


    A mixture of capric and lauric acids was evaluated as a possible phase-change media suitable for Philippine low-temperature thermal-energy storage systems. The properties of different combinations of acids were verified against existing literature data with the use of a differential scanning calorimeter. Classical evaluation techniques were employed to determine the required thermodynamic, kinetic, and other physical properties. The accuracy of the set-up was determined and phase transitions were observed by performing a series of thermal cycles. To authenticate the long-term stability and reproducibility of the combination, 120 thermal cycles were carried out using a fabricated equilibrium cell. The observed lowest temperature averaged 11.63{sup o}C. The material remained physically stable. (author)

  2. Elastic anisotropy and low-temperature thermal expansion in the shape memory alloy Cu-Al-Zn.

    Kuruvilla, Santhosh Potharay; Menon, C S


    Cu-based shape memory alloys are known for their technologically important pseudo-elastic and shapememory properties, which are intimately associated with the martensitic transformation. A combination of deformation theory and finite-strain elasticity theory has been employed to arrive at the expressions for higher order elastic constants of Cu-Al-Zn based on Keating's approach. The second- and third-order elastic constants are in good agreement with the measurements. The aggregate elastic properties like bulk modulus, pressure derivatives, mode Grüneisen parameters of the elastic waves, low temperature limit of thermal expansion, and the Anderson-Grüneisen parameter are also presented.

  3. Kinetics of thermal grooving during low temperature recrystallization of pure aluminum

    Zhang, Yubin; Godfrey, Andy; Juul Jensen, Dorte


    The migration of a recrystallization boundary in pure aluminum was followed during in situ annealing in a scanning electron microscope. The microstructure was characterized using the electron channeling contrast technique, and a typical stop-go grain boundary motion was observed during annealing...... time. The kinetics of thermal grooving are determined. Effects of the surface oxidation layer on the formation of thermal grooving as well as the overall influence of grooves on boundary migration are discussed. © (2013) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland....

  4. Low-temperature specific-heat and thermal-conductivity of silica aerogels

    Bernasconi, A.; Sleator, T.; Posselt, D.;


    Specific heat, C(p), and thermal conductivity, lambda, have been measured on a series of base-catalyzed silica aerogels at temperatures between 0.05 and 20 K. Results for both C(p)(T) and lambda(T) confirm that the different length-scale regions observed in the aerogel structure are reflected...

  5. Low-temperature specific heat and thermal conductivity of silica aerogels

    Sleator, T.; Bernasconi, A.; Posselt, D.;


    Specific-heat and thermal-conductivity measurements were made on a series of base-catalyzed silica aerogels at temperatures between 0.05 and 20 K. Evidence for a crossover between regimes of characteristically different excitations was observed. The data analysis indicates a "bump" in the density...

  6. Thermal expansion behavior of A- and B-type amylose crystals in the low-temperature region.

    Kobayashi, Kayoko; Kimura, Satoshi; Naito, Philip-Kunio; Togawa, Eiji; Wada, Masahisa


    The thermal expansion behaviors of A-type and B-type amylose crystals, which were prepared by recrystallization of short amylose chains synthesized by phosphorylase, were investigated using synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction between 100 and 300K. For both types of crystals, the room-temperature phase (RT phase), which is the usually observed phase, transitioned to a low-temperature phase (LT phase), on cooling. The phase transitions took place reversibly with rapid changes in the unit-cell parameters around 200-270K. The differences between the RT and LT phase were investigated using solid-state (13)C NMR spectroscopy, which revealed there were changes in molecular chain conformations. These results suggest that the phase transition of water molecules on the crystalline surfaces affects the thermal behavior and structure of polysaccharide crystals.

  7. Low-temperature thermal properties from the EU testing program for potential ITER insulation

    Broadbent, A.J.; Crozier, J.; Smith, K.D. [Oxford Instruments Special Projects, Oxon (United Kingdom)] [and others


    Insulation systems will be a key element in the future construction and impregnation of the coils for the ITER device. The thermal contraction and thermal conductivity of ten different electrical insulation systems are measured at temperatures from 4 K to 300 K. Several insulation systems incorporate an electrical barrier layer. The insulation systems are all based on identical S2-glass with various epoxy resins, some of which are not believed to have been previously used in superconducting coils. In particular resins with a high functionality are investigated, some of which are suitable for Vacuum Pressure Impregnation (VPI). The final results of this program are presented and compared to the results from a benchmark testing program (insulation system based on anhydride cured DGEBA resin and S2 glass). This work is financed by the EU under NET contract ERB 5000 940023 (NET 93-857) within the framework of MR.

  8. Low temperature thermal resistance for a new design of silver sinter heat exchanger

    Pollanen, J.; Choi, H.; Davis, J. P.; Rolfs, B. T.; Halperin, W. P.


    We have developed a novel procedure for constructing high surface area silver sinter heat exchangers. Our recipe incorporates nylon fibers having a diameter of ~50 μm and thin wires of bulk silver in the heat exchanger. In order to increase the thermal conductance of liquid helium within the heat exchanger, prior to sintering, the nylon fibers are dissolved with an organic acid leaving a network of channels. In addition, the silver wires reinforce the structural integrity, and reduce the resistance, of the silver sinter. We have constructed a 3He melting curve thermometer (MCT) with this type of heat exchanger and measured the thermal time response of the liquid 3He inside the MCT in the temperature range T approx 2 — 150 mK. We find a thermal relaxation time of ~490 s at T approx1 mK. We have used scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to characterize the heat exchanger and BET absorption for determination of the specific surface area.

  9. Surface modification of austenitic thermal-spray coatings by low-temperature nitrocarburizing

    Lindner, T.; Mehner, T.; Lampke, T.


    Thermal-spray coatings of austenitic materials are mainly used under corrosive conditions. The relatively poor wear resistance strongly limits their use. In comparative studies between nitrocarburized and untreated thermal-spray coatings, the influence of the nitrogen and carbon enrichment on the properties of the coatings and the microstructure was investigated. The cross-section micrograph of the nitrocarburized coating shows the S-phase formation in the surface layer region. The depth profile of the nitrogen and carbon concentration was determined by glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GDOS) analysis. A selective enrichment of the surface layer region with nitrogen and carbon by means of thermochemical heat treatment increases the wear resistance. The interstitially dissolved nitrogen and carbon causes the formation of strong compressive residual stresses and high surface hardness. Increases in the service life of existing applications or new material combinations with face-centred cubic friction partners are possible. In the absence of dimensional change, uniform as well as partial nitrogen enrichment of the thermal spray coating is possible. Nitrocarburized coatings demonstrate a significant improvement in adhesive wear resistance and extremely high surface hardness.

  10. Low-temperature thermal expansion of pure and inert gas-doped fullerite C sub 6 sub 0

    Aleksandrovskii, A N; Eselson, V B; Gavrilko, V G; Manzhelii, V G; Udovidchenko, B G; Bakai, A S; Gadd, G E; Moricca, S; Sundqvist, B


    The low temperature (2-24 K) thermal expansion of pure (single-crystal and polycrystalline) C sub 6 sub 0 and polycrystalline C sub 6 sub 0 intercalated with He, Ne, Ar, and Kr has been investigated using the high-resolution capacitance dilatometer. The investigation of the time dependence of the sample length variations DELTA L(t) on heating by DELTA T shows that the thermal expansion is determined by the sum of positive and negative contributions, which have different relaxation times. The negative thermal expansion usually prevails at helium temperatures. The positive expansion is connected with the phonon thermalization of the system. The negative expansion is caused by reorientation of the C sub 6 sub 0 molecules. It is assumed that the reorientation is of a quantum character. The inert gas impurities affect the reorientation of the C6 sub sub 0 molecules very strongly, especially at liquid helium temperatures. A temperature hysteresis of the thermal expansion coefficient of Kr- and He-C sub 6 sub 0 solu...

  11. Stirling engines for low-temperature solar-thermal-electric power generation

    der Minassians, Artin

    This dissertation discusses the design and development of a distributed solar-thermal-electric power generation system that combines solar-thermal technology with a moderate-temperature Stirling engine to generate electricity. The conceived system incorporates low-cost materials and utilizes simple manufacturing processes. This technology is expected to achieve manufacturing cost of less than $1/W. Since solar-thermal technology is mature, the analysis, design, and experimental assessment of moderate-temperature Stirling engines is the main focus of this thesis. The design, fabrication, and test of a single-phase free-piston Stirling engine prototype is discussed. This low-power prototype is designed and fabricated as a test rig to provide a clear understanding of the Stirling cycle operation, to identify the key components and the major causes of irreversibility, and to verify corresponding theoretical models. As a component, the design of a very low-loss resonant displacer piston subsystem is discussed. The displacer piston is part of a magnetic circuit that provides both a required stiffness and actuation forces. The stillness is provided by a magnetic spring, which incorporates an array of permanent magnets and has a very linear stiffness characteristic that facilitates the frequency tuning. In this prototype, the power piston is not mechanically linked to the displacer piston and forms a mass-spring resonating subsystem with the engine chamber gas spring and has resonant frequency matched to that of the displacer. The fabricated engine prototype is successfully tested and the experimental results are presented and discussed. Extensive experimentation on individual component subsystems confirms the theoretical models and design considerations, providing a sound basis for higher power Stirling engine designs for residential or commercial deployments. Multi-phase Stirling engine systems are also considered and analyzed. The modal analysis of these machines proves

  12. Development of Hot Water Solar Oven for Low Temperature Thermal Processes

    Segun R. BELLO


    Full Text Available The most useful form of the Hottel-Whiller-Bliss generalized performance equations for flat plate collector utilizing heat removal factor and loss coefficients is used to model a solar oven- water heating system for low thermal process application. The water heating system was designed, tested and evaluated with a daily collector efficiency of 51.82%, an average daily solar radiation of 689.23 (w/ºc per day and a useful gain by collector of 563.85 (w/ºc. Loss in collector is 116.39 (w/ºc and total average daily heat gain by water in collector is 292.26 (w/ºc. Average Daily storage heat capacity of 582.83 (KJ and the daily convected heat delivered to test chamber is 147.07 (KJ. The overall System efficiency of 25.24% was obtained.

  13. Synthesis of nanocrystalline ceria thin films by low-temperature thermal decomposition of Ce-propionate

    Roura, P., E-mail: [GRMT, Dept. of Physics, University of Girona, Campus Montilivi, Edif. PII, E17071 Girona, Catalonia (Spain); Farjas, J. [GRMT, Dept. of Physics, University of Girona, Campus Montilivi, Edif. PII, E17071 Girona, Catalonia (Spain); Ricart, S.; Aklalouch, M.; Guzman, R. [Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona (CSIC), Campus de la UAB, 08193 Bellaterra, Catalonia (Spain); Arbiol, J. [Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona (CSIC), Campus de la UAB, 08193 Bellaterra, Catalonia (Spain); Institucio Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avancats (ICREA), Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain); Puig, T.; Calleja, A.; Pena-Rodriguez, O.; Garriga, M.; Obradors, X. [Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona (CSIC), Campus de la UAB, 08193 Bellaterra, Catalonia (Spain)


    Thin films of Ce-propionate (thickness below 20 nm) have been deposited by spin coating and pyrolysed into ceria at temperatures below 200 Degree-Sign C. After 1 h of thermal treatment, no signature of the vibrational modes of Ce-propionate is detected by infrared spectroscopy, indicating that decomposition has been completed. The resulting ceria films are nanocrystalline as revealed by X-ray diffraction (average grain size of 2-2.5 nm) and confirmed by microscopy. They are transparent in the visible region and show the characteristic band gap absorption below 400 nm. A direct band gap energy of 3.50 {+-} 0.05 eV has been deduced irrespective of the pyrolysis temperature (160, 180 and 200 Degree-Sign C).

  14. Low temperature synthesis of silicon quantum dots with plasma chemistry control in dual frequency non-thermal plasmas.

    Sahu, Bibhuti Bhusan; Yin, Yongyi; Han, Jeon Geon; Shiratani, Masaharu


    The advanced materials process by non-thermal plasmas with a high plasma density allows the synthesis of small-to-big sized Si quantum dots by combining low-temperature deposition with superior crystalline quality in the background of an amorphous hydrogenated silicon nitride matrix. Here, we make quantum dot thin films in a reactive mixture of ammonia/silane/hydrogen utilizing dual-frequency capacitively coupled plasmas with high atomic hydrogen and nitrogen radical densities. Systematic data analysis using different film and plasma characterization tools reveals that the quantum dots with different sizes exhibit size dependent film properties, which are sensitively dependent on plasma characteristics. These films exhibit intense photoluminescence in the visible range with violet to orange colors and with narrow to broad widths (∼0.3-0.9 eV). The observed luminescence behavior can come from the quantum confinement effect, quasi-direct band-to-band recombination, and variation of atomic hydrogen and nitrogen radicals in the film growth network. The high luminescence yields in the visible range of the spectrum and size-tunable low-temperature synthesis with plasma and radical control make these quantum dot films good candidates for light emitting applications.

  15. MEMS-Based Boiler Operation from Low Temperature Heat Transfer and Thermal Scavenging

    Leland Weiss


    Full Text Available Increasing world-wide energy use and growing population growth presents a critical need for enhanced energy efficiency and sustainability. One method to address this issue is via waste heat scavenging. In this approach, thermal energy that is normally expelled to the environment is transferred to a secondary device to produce useful power output. This paper investigates a novel MEMS-based boiler designed to operate as part of a small-scale energy scavenging system. For the first time, fabrication and operation of the boiler is presented. Boiler operation is based on capillary action that drives working fluid from surrounding reservoirs across a heated surface. Pressure is generated as working fluid transitions from liquid to vapor in an integrated steamdome. In a full system application, the steam can be made available to other MEMS-based devices to drive final power output. Capillary channels are formed from silicon substrates with 100 µm widths. Varying depths are studied that range from 57 to 170 µm. Operation of the boiler shows increasing flow-rates with increasing capillary channel depths. Maximum fluid mass transfer rates are 12.26 mg/s from 170 µm channels, an increase of 28% over 57 µm channel devices. Maximum pressures achieved during operation are 229 Pa.


    GU; Li; DAI; Ta-gen


    Based on the knowing geochemical characteristics of wall rock in the Mobin gold deposit and composition of fluid inclusion in ore,water-rock experiments were carried out,important achievements are acquired as following: Gold is mainly derived from the ore-bearing wall rock,i,e.,a series of epimetamorphic clastic gritstone,sandy slate,and tuffaceous slate in the Wuqiang Banxi Formation,Wuqiangxi Group.In thermal system with middle-low temperature chlorine gold may be derived form stable complex ions,so it is quite important in gold metallogenic process.Sulphur and chlorine perform as the major negative ions throughout the gold activation and migration movement.The concentration of sulphur and chlorine ions,pH value and temperature are of deciding significance for gold activation,migration and precipitation.

  17. Effect of the polymerization with formaldehyde on the thermal reactivity of a low-temperature coal tar pitch

    Jose L. Crespo; Ana Arenillas; Jose A. Vin; Roberto Garcia; Colin E. Snape; Sabino R. Moinelo [Instituto Nacional del Carbon (CSIC), Oviedo (Spain)


    The influence of polymerization with formaldehyde on the thermal reactivity of a low-temperature coal tar pitch has been investigated. The mechanism and extent of the polymerization depends on the catalyst used, the greatest extent of polymerization being achieved under basic catalytic conditions. After the polymerization treatment, samples were carbonized at 420{sup o}C and the products were characterized by optical microscopy. According to the results, polymerization with formaldehyde increases the reactivity of the pitch, giving rise to increased carbonization yields and leading to the formation of the mesophase with milder conditions. The polymerization process also affects the morphology of the resultant anisotropic material, giving rise to the formation of irregularly shaped mesophase particles and reducing the optical texture size of the anisotropic domains, giving mosaic texture, especially when basic catalysis is used. 36 refs., 11 figs., 5 tabs.

  18. Low-temperature geothermal water in Utah: A compilation of data for thermal wells and springs through 1993

    Blackett, R.E.


    The Geothermal Division of DOE initiated the Low-Temperature Geothermal Resources and Technology Transfer Program, following a special appropriation by Congress in 1991, to encourage wider use of lower-temperature geothermal resources through direct-use, geothermal heat-pump, and binary-cycle power conversion technologies. The Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT), the University of Utah Research Institute (UURI), and the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute organized the federally-funded program and enlisted the help of ten western states to carry out phase one. This first phase involves updating the inventory of thermal wells and springs with the help of the participating state agencies. The state resource teams inventory thermal wells and springs, and compile relevant information on each sources. OIT and UURI cooperatively administer the program. OIT provides overall contract management while UURI provides technical direction to the state teams. Phase one of the program focuses on replacing part of GEOTHERM by building a new database of low- and moderate-temperature geothermal systems for use on personal computers. For Utah, this involved (1) identifying sources of geothermal date, (2) designing a database structure, (3) entering the new date; (4) checking for errors, inconsistencies, and duplicate records; (5) organizing the data into reporting formats; and (6) generating a map (1:750,000 scale) of Utah showing the locations and record identification numbers of thermal wells and springs.

  19. Evidence of Thermal Evolution History of Northeast Sichuan Basin (U-Th)/He Low Temperature Thermochronometry of Apatite and Zircon

    Qin Jianzhong; Wang Jie; Qiu Nansheng


    (U-Th)/He dating is a newly developed low temperature thermochronometry,and it elaborately reflects cooling history of geologic body under low temperature.It can be applied to analyze thermal evolution of the sedimentary basin,combining with vitrinite reflectance and fission track.(U-Th)/He dating of apatite and zircon from drilling cores in Puguang (普光)-Maoba (毛坝) area and outcrops in Tongjiang (通江) area indicates that the Northeast Sichuan (四川) basin underwent great uplift and denudation during the Tertiary and the Quaternary.During the period,denudation rates changed from 74.8 to 172.5 m/Ma and denudation thickness was between 2 800 and 3 000 m,geotemperature gradually declined into the current temperature,passing through helium closure temperature of apatite.The uplift and denudation relate to new tectonic movement response in the Sichuan basin aroused by the Qinghai (青海)-Tibet plateau.Drilling samples above 4 000 m did not undergo closure temperature of zircon,but the samples nearly 4 000 m might approach closure temperature of zircon and all the samples underwent closure temperature of apatite.According to (U-Th)/He ages of zircon,it is concluded that the Northeast Sichuan basin began to uplift in the Late Jurassic.From the Late Jurassic to the Paleogene,Northeast Sichuan basin was in slow uplift and denudation,but the denudation of Puguang-Maoba area was earlier than that of Tongjiang area.(U-Th)/He ages of zircon indicate the denudation time of provenance areas.On the basis of paleodrainage characteristics,provenance transport and other related data,provenance areas of the clastic rocks are decided,which is worthy to be investigated further.

  20. Low-Temperature Thermally Reduced Molybdenum Disulfide as a Pt-Free Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

    Lin, Che-Hsien; Tsai, Chuen-Horng; Tseng, Fan-Gang; Yu, Yang-Yen; Wu, Hsuan-Chung; Hsieh, Chien-Kuo


    A two-dimensional nanostructure of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) thin film exposed layered nanosheet was prepared by a low-temperature thermally reduced (TR) method on a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate as a platinum (Pt)-free and highly electrocatalytic counter electrode (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) results show that the MoS2 sulfidization temperature was approximately 300 °C. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) indicate that the stoichiometry and crystallization of MoS2 were more complete at higher temperatures; however, these temperatures reduce the number of edge-plane active sites in the short-range-order nanostructure. Accordingly, the DSSCs with 300 °C annealed TR-MoS2 CE exhibited an excellent photovoltaic conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.351 %, up to 91.7 % of which is obtained using the conventional TD-Pt CE (PCE = 6.929 %). The temperature of thermal reaction and the molar ratio of reaction precursors were found to significantly influence the resulting stoichiometry and crystallization of MoS2 nanosheets, thus affecting DSSCs' performance.

  1. Indium tin oxide nanowires grown by one-step thermal evaporation-deposition process at low temperature.

    Dong, Haibo; Zhang, Xiaoxian; Niu, Zhiqiang; Zhao, Duan; Li, Jinzhu; Cai, Le; Zhou, Weiya; Xie, Sishen


    Indium tin oxide (ITO), as one of the most important transparent conducting oxide, is widely used in electro-optical field. We have developed a simple one-step method to synthesize ITO nanowires at low temperature of 600 degrees C. In detail, mixtures of InN nanowires and SnO powder, with the molar ratio of 10:1, have been used as precursors for the thermal evaporation-deposition of ITO nanowires on silicon/quartz slices. During the growth process, the evaporation temperature is maintained at 600 degrees C, which favors the decomposition of InN and oxidation of In, with a limited incorporation of Sn in the resulting compound (In:Sn approximately 11:1 in atomic ratio). As far as we know, this is the lowest growth temperature reported on the thermal deposition of ITO nanowires. The diameters of the nanowires are about 120 nm and the lengths are up to tens of micrometers. XRD characterization indicates the high crystallization of the nanowires. HRTEM results show the nanowires grow along the [200] direction. The transmittance of the nanowire film on quartz slice is more than 75% in the visible region. Based on photolithography and lift-off techniques, four-terminal measurement was utilized to test the resistivity of individual nanowire (6.11 x 10(-4) omega x cm). The high crystallization quality, good transmittance and low resistivity make as-grown ITO nanowires a promising candidate as transparent electrodes of nanoscale devices.

  2. Eutectic mixtures of some fatty acids for low temperature solar heating applications: Thermal properties and thermal reliability

    Sari, Ahmet [Department of Chemistry, Gaziosmanpasa University, 60240 Tokat (Turkey)]. E-mail:


    The thermal properties and thermal reliability of the eutectic mixtures of lauric acid-myristic acid (LA-MA), lauric acid-palmitic acid (LA-PA), myristic acid-stearic acid (MA-SA) as phase change material (PCM) were determined after repeated melt/freeze cycles by the method of differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). The DSC thermal analysis results indicate that the binary systems of LA-MA in ratio of 66.0:34.0 wt.%, LA-PA in ratio of 69.0:31.0 wt.% and MA-SA in ratio of 64.0:36.0 wt.% form eutectic mixture with a melting temperature of 34.2 deg. C, 35.2 deg. C and 44.1 deg. C, and with a latent heat of fusion of 166.8 J g{sup -1}, 166.3 J g{sup -1} and 182.4 J g{sup -1}, respectively. The changes in the melting temperatures and the latent heats of fusion are in the range of -0.31 deg. C-0.14 deg. C and 0.9%-2.4% for LA-MA, -0.40 deg. C-0.23 deg. C and 1.5%-3.0% for LA-PA, and 1.11 deg. C-0.26 deg. C and -1.10%-2.2% for MA-SA during the 1460 thermal cycles. Based on the results, it can be concluded that the studied PCMs have good thermal properties and thermal reliability for a four-year energy storage period, which corresponds to 1460 thermal cycles, in terms of the change in their melting temperatures and latent heats of fusion.

  3. Low-temperature thermal energy storage quarterly progress report for period July--September 1976. [Phase-change materials

    Hoffman, H. W.; Kedi, R. J.


    The document is the second in a series of quarterly progress reports covering activities funded at ORNL by the ERDA Division of Energy Storage Systems to develop low-temperature thermal energy storage (TES) technology. These systems will be based on either sensible or latent heat storage at temperatures up to approximately 250/sup 0/C. At ORNL, research efforts were continued to (a) develop a time-dependent analytical model that will describe a TES system charged with a phase-change material, (b) measure thermophysical properties and melt-freeze cyclic behavior of interesting PCM's and (c) determine crystal lattice structures of hydrated salts and their nucleators. A report on TES subsystems for application to solar energy sources was completed and is being reviewed. In the area of program management, subcontracts were signed with Clemson University, Dow Chemical Company, Suntek Research Associates, and The Franklin Institute. Detailed reviews were completed for ten unsolicited proposals related to TES. Industries, research institutions, universities, and other national laboratory participation in the TES program, for which ORNL has management responsibilities, are listed.

  4. Rapid Thermal Annealing and Hydrogen Passivation of Polycrystalline Silicon Thin-Film Solar Cells on Low-Temperature Glass

    Mason L. Terry


    Full Text Available The changes in open-circuit voltage (Voc, short-circuit current density (Jsc, and internal quantum efficiency (IQE of aLuminum induced crystallization, ion-assisted deposition (ALICIA polycrystalline silicon thin-film solar cells on low-temperature glass substrates due to rapid thermal anneal (RTA treatment and subsequent remote microwave hydrogen plasma passivation (hydrogenation are examined. Voc improvements from 130 mV to 430 mV, Jsc improvements from 1.2 mA/cm2 to 11.3 mA/cm2, and peak IQE improvements from 16% to > 70% are achieved. A 1-second RTA plateau at 1000°C followed by hydrogenation increases the Jsc by a factor of 5.5. Secondary ion mass spectroscopy measurements are used to determine the concentration profiles of dopants, impurities, and hydrogen. Computer modeling based on simulations of the measured IQE data reveals that the minority carrier lifetime in the absorber region increases by 3 orders of magnitude to about 1 nanosecond (corresponding to a diffusion length of at least 1 μm due to RTA and subsequent hydrogenation. The evaluation of the changes in the quantum efficiency and Voc due to RTA and hydrogenation with computer modeling significantly improves the understanding of the limiting factors to cell performance.

  5. Low temperature thermal conductivity of bilayer lanthanum-strontium-manganite (La1.2Sr1.8Mn2O7

    Ronning, Filip [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Kurita, Nobuyuki [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Movshovich, Roman [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mcclellan, Kenneth J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Hur, N [INHA UNIV.; Vekhter, I [LA STATE UNIV.


    Thermal conductivity measurements were performed on bilayer manganite La{sub 1.2}Sr{sub 1.8}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7} down to 0.1 K and up to 7.5 T. Due to the fact that ferromagnetic magnons can be largely gapped with a magnetic field, we could separate the magnon contribution to the thermal conductivity as well as the specific heat. Consequently, we find evidence for the transport of heat by 2-dimensional ferromagnetic magnons which are scattered by electrons. Assuming that the Wiedemann-Franz law is obeyed we find a self consistent analysis which shows a phonon thermal conductivity at low temperatures proportional to T{sup 1.7}. This is evidence that structurally glassy dynamics persist down to very low temperatures in the manganites.

  6. Analysis of Thermal and Chemical Effets on Negative Valve Overlap Period Energy Recovery for Low-Temperature Gasoline Combustion

    Ekoto, Dr Isaac [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL); Peterson, Dr. Brian [University of Edinburgh; Szybist, James P [ORNL; Northrop, Dr. William [University of Minnesota


    A central challenge for efficient auto-ignition controlled low-temperature gasoline combustion (LTGC) engines has been achieving the combustion phasing needed to reach stable performance over a wide operating regime. The negative valve overlap (NVO) strategy has been explored as a way to improve combustion stability through a combination of charge heating and altered reactivity via a recompression stroke with a pilot fuel injection. The study objective was to analyze the thermal and chemical effects on NVO-period energy recovery. The analysis leveraged experimental gas sampling results obtained from a single-cylinder LTGC engine along with cylinder pressure measurements and custom data reduction methods used to estimate period thermodynamic properties. The engine was fueled by either iso-octane or ethanol, and operated under sweeps of NVO-period oxygen concentration, injection timing, and fueling rate. Gas sampling at the end of the NVO period was performed via a custom dump-valve apparatus, with detailed sample speciation by in-house gas chromatography. The balance of NVO-period input and output energy flows was calculated in terms of fuel energy, work, heat loss, and change in sensible energy. Experiment results were complemented by detailed chemistry single-zone reactor simulations performed at relevant mixing and thermodynamic conditions, with results used to evaluate ignition behavior and expected energy recovery yields. For the intermediate bulk-gas temperatures present during the NVO period (900-1100 K), weak negative temperature coefficient behavior with iso-octane fueling significantly lengthened ignition delays relative to similar ethanol fueled conditions. Faster ethanol ignition chemistry led to lower recovered fuel intermediate yields relative to similar iso-octane fueled conditions due to more complete fuel oxidation. From the energy analysis it was found that increased NVO-period global equivalence ratio, either from lower NVOperiod oxygen

  7. Heat and Mass Transfer in a High-Porous Low-Temperature Thermal Insulation in Real Operating Conditions

    Polovnikov Vyacheslav Yu.


    Full Text Available The results of numerical simulation of heat and mass transfer in a high-porous low-temperature insulation in conditions of insulation freezing, a moisture migration to the front of phase transition and a condensation forming on an outer contour of interaction were obtained. Values of heat leakage were established.

  8. Anaerobic fermentation combined with low-temperature thermal pretreatment for phosphorus-accumulating granular sludge: Release of carbon source and phosphorus as well as hydrogen production potential.

    Zou, Jinte; Li, Yongmei


    Releases of organic compounds and phosphorus from phosphorus-accumulating granular sludge (PGS) and phosphorus-accumulating flocculent sludge (PFS) during low-temperature thermal pretreatment and anaerobic fermentation were investigated. Meanwhile, biogas production potential and microbial community structures were explored. The results indicate that much more soluble chemical oxygen demand (SCOD) and phosphorus were released from PGS than from PFS via low-temperature thermal pretreatment because of the higher extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) content in PGS and higher ratio of phosphorus reserved in EPS. Furthermore, PGS contains more anaerobes and dead cells, resulting in much higher SCOD and volatile fatty acids release from PGS than those from PFS during fermentation. PGS fermentation facilitated the n-butyric acid production, and PGS exhibited the hydrogen production potential during fermentation due to the presence of hydrogen-producing bacteria. Therefore, anaerobic fermentation combined with low-temperature thermal pretreatment can facilitate the recovery of carbon and phosphorus as well as producing hydrogen from PGS.

  9. Research Development of Battery Thermal Management at Low Temperature%低温环境下电池热管理研究进展

    霍宇涛; 饶中浩; 赵佳腾; 刘臣臻


    As the important component of electric vehicle (EV), the power battery encounters issues such as decrease of energy density and power density at low temperature. For the purpose of improving the performance of power battery at low temperature, a suitable battery thermal management (BTM) system is indispensable. In this paper, the performance of power battery at low temperature was introduced, the current heating strategies of battery were overviewed, and the research development of BTM at low temperature was summarized, which have guiding significance for the research of battery heating.%动力电池作为电动汽车(Electric vehicle, EV)的重要组件,在低温环境下存在能量密度和功率密度下降等问题。为提高低温条件下动力电池的性能,需要合适的电池热管理系统。本文介绍了动力电池在低温环境下的放电特性,整理归纳了现有的各种电池加热方式,并综述了低温环境下电池热管理研究进展,对电池低温下热管理的进一步研究具有指导意义。

  10. Thermal radiation and low-temperature-vapour growth of HgI 2 crystal in production furnace

    Roux, A.; Fedoseyev, A.; Roux, B.


    Heat exchanges in a sealed ampoule in the LTVG (low temperature vapour growth) furnace have been modelled in order to compute temperature fields and control the growth of HgI 2 crystals from vapour phase at low temperatures. We use a coupled conductive-radiative model to determine the shapes of the source and the crystal at different equilibrium states (i.e. without growth rate). The model involves conductivity anisotropy in the crystal and radiative exchanges between grey and diffuse surfaces (source and crystal interfaces, Pyrex walls), which are considered as opaque. Internal buoyancy effect is not taken into account as the pressure inside the ampoule is very small. The source temperature is fixed. For different undercoolings, i.e. for different cold finger temperatures, the "equilibrium" isotherm between the source/gas and crystal/gas interface has been numerically obtained. This "equilibrium" isotherm, which is associated with the stop of the growing process, gives a crystal shape. This shape is compared with experimental results given by the ETH-Zürich group. The model would permit a better understanding and control of the future HgI 2 crystal growth experiment. The computations are performed using a finite element package (FIDAP).

  11. Effects of Low Temperature Anneal on the Interface Properties of Thermal Silicon Oxide for Silicon Surface Passivation.

    Balaji, Nagarajan; Park, Cheolmin; Chung, Sungyoun; Ju, Minkyu; Raja, Jayapal; Yi, Junsin


    High quality surface passivation has gained a significant importance in photovoltaic industry for reducing the surface recombination and hence fabricating low cost and high efficiency solar cells using thinner wafers. The formation of good-quality SiO2 films and SiO2/Si interfaces at low processing temperatures is a prerequisite for improving the conversion efficiency of industrial solar cells with better passivation. High-temperature annealing in inert ambient is promising to improve the SiO2/Si interface. However, annealing treatments could cause negative effects on SiO2/Si interfaces due to its chemical at high temperatures. Low temperature post oxidation annealing has been carried out to investigate the structural and interface properties of Si-SiO2 system. Quasi Steady State Photo Conductance measurements shows a promising effective carrier lifetime of 420 μs, surface recombination velocity of 22 cm/s and a low interface trap density (D(it)) of 4 x 10(11) states/cm2/eV after annealing. The fixed oxide charge density was reduced to 1 x 10(11)/cm2 due to the annealing at 500 degrees C. The FWHM and the Si-O peak wavenumber corresponding to the samples annealed at 500 degrees C reveals that the Si dangling bonds in the SiO2 films due to the oxygen defects was reduced by the low temperature post oxidation annealing.

  12. Low temperature relations in QCD

    Agasian, N O


    In this talk I discuss the low temperature relations for the trace of the energy-momentum tensor in QCD with two and three quarks. It is shown that the temperature derivatives of the anomalous and normal (quark massive term) contributions to the trace of the energy-momentum tensor in QCD are equal to each other in the low temperature region. Leading corrections connected with $\\pi\\pi$-interactions and thermal excitations of $K$ and $\\eta$ mesons are calculated.

  13. Sintering time effect on thermal diffusivity in BSSCO doped with Sm at low temperatures as revealed by flash method

    Haydari, M.; Moksin, Mohd Maarof; Yunus, W. Mahmood M.; Grozescu, Ionel Valeriu; Hamadneh, I.; Halim, S. A.


    We report the effect of sintering time on thermal diffusivity of BSCCO (Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu-O) superconductors doped with Sm with different concentration. The superconductor samples were sintered for 24, 48 and 100 hours respectively at 850 Celsius. Thermal diffusivity measurement was carried out at 80 - 300 K by using photoflash technique. The sintering time was found indirectly affect the thermal diffusivity in the way it influenced the grain size and grain alignment.

  14. Plasma nitriding process by direct current glow discharge at low temperature increasing the thermal diffusivity of AISI 304 stainless steel

    Prandel, L. V.; Somer, A.; Assmann, A.; Camelotti, F.; Costa, G.; Bonardi, C.; Jurelo, A. R.; Rodrigues, J. B.; Cruz, G. K. [Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa, Grupo de Espectroscopia Optica e Fotoacustica de Materiais, Departamento de Fisica, Av. Carlos Cavalcanti, 4748, CEP 84030-900, Ponta Grossa, PR (Brazil)


    This work reports for the first time on the use of the open photoacoustic cell technique operating at very low frequencies and at room temperature to experimentally determine the thermal diffusivity parameter of commercial AISI304 stainless steel and AISI304 stainless steel nitrided samples. Complementary measurements of X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy were also performed. The results show that in standard AISI 304 stainless steel samples the thermal diffusivity is (4.0 {+-} 0.3) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} m{sup 2}/s. After the nitriding process, the thermal diffusivity increases to the value (7.1 {+-} 0.5) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} m{sup 2}/s. The results are being associated to the diffusion process of nitrogen into the surface of the sample. Carrying out subsequent thermal treatment at 500 Degree-Sign C, the thermal diffusivity increases up to (12.0 {+-} 2) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} m{sup 2}/s. Now the observed growing in the thermal diffusivity must be related to the change in the phases contained in the nitrided layer.

  15. Study on photocatalysis of TiO2 nanotubes prepared by methanol-thermal synthesis at low temperature

    Chau Thanh Nam; Wein-Duo Yang; Le Minh Duc


    TiO2 nanotubes were synthesized by the solvothermal process at low temperature in a highly alkaline water–methanol mixed solution. Their characteristics were identified by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), specific surface area (BET), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and UV–Vis absorption spectroscopy. The as-prepared samples were tested by the photodegradation reaction of methylene blue (MB) dye under visible-light irradiation. The ratios of methanol and water, as well as calcination temperature, affected the morphology, nanostructure and photocatalytic performance. The methanol solvent plays an important role in improving crystallization of the anatase phase, which affects the photocatalytic reaction. Titanate nanotubes were synthesized in methanol–water volume ratios of 10:90, 20:80 and 30:70 which still had high absorbability. Titania nanotubes formed at a calcination temperature of 300 °C using methanol–water volume ratio of 30:70 showed highest photocatalytic performance, much higher than that using water solvent and TiO2–P25 powder.

  16. Technology of obtaining thermal insulation material on the basis of liquid glass by a method of low temperature processing

    Zhigulina Anna


    Full Text Available The paper deal with the development of energy saving technology for obtaining thermal insulation material on the basis of liquid glass. The aim of the research is to study processes of chemical and physical modification of soluble sodium silicate and change its rheology. The paper also considers development of technology for the production of thermal insulation material with porosity uniformly distributed throughout the volume and with the specified pores size. In this research the authors used both traditional methods (chemical analysis, physical-mechanical tests and “thin” methods, i.e. differential thermal analysis, electron microscopy. For research in the field of rheology changes the authors developed a methodology for determination of viscoelastic properties of materials with variable rheology. For the development of resource-saving technologies the researchers used the method of laboratory simulation which is as close as possible to real production conditions. The research identifies regularities of processes of modification and swelling of liquid-glass compositions and suggests methods for increasing viscosity of liquid-glass compositions by introducing various modifying additives. It also introduces an energy-saving technology of porous granular material production, and proposes options for the production of effective thermal insulation material based on sodium silicate composition.

  17. Promoting Ag/Al2O3 Performance in Low-Temperature H2-C3H6-SCR by Thermal Pretreatment of γ-Alumina in Water

    Chaieb, Tesnim; Delannoy, Laurent; Louis, Catherine; Thomas, Cyril


    International audience; The present work highlights for the first time that a thermal treatment of γ-Al2O3 in water at 80 °C for 24 h prior to Ag deposition (Ag/Al2O3-OH) leads to a drastic enhancement of H2-C3H6-SCR performance at low temperature. This enhancement is attributed to the higher NOx coverage on Ag/Al2O3-OH compared with that of Ag/Al2O3. The higher NOx adsorption capacity of the sample prepared from the γ-Al2O3 thermally-treated in water is proposed to result from the preferenti...

  18. Neutron diffraction and thermal studies of amorphous CS{sub 2} realised by low-temperature vapour deposition

    Yamamuro, O.; Matsuo, T. [Osaka Univ., Dept. of Chemistry, Graduate School of Sciences (Japan); Onoda-Yamamuro, N. [Tokyo Denki Univ., College of Sciences and Technology (Japan); Takeda, K. [Naruto Univ., Dept. of Chemistry, Tokushima (Japan); Munemura, H.; Tanaka, S.; Misawa, M. [Niigata Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Science


    We have succeeded in preparing amorphous carbon disulphide (CS{sub 2}) by depositing its vapour on a cold substrate at 10 K. Complete formation of the amorphous state has been confirmed by neutron diffraction and differential thermal analysis (DTA). The amorphous sample crystallized at ca. 70 K, which is lower than the hypothetical glass transition temperature (92 K) estimated from the DTA data of the (CS{sub 2}){sub x}(S{sub 2}Cl{sub 2}){sub 1-x} binary mixture. CS{sub 2}, a symmetric linear tri-atomic molecule, is the simplest of the amorphized molecular substances whose structural and thermal information has been reported so far. Comparison of the static structure factors S(Q) has shown that the orientational correlation of CS{sub 2} molecules may be much stronger in the amorphous state than in the liquid state at higher temperature. (authors)

  19. Typology of the Solar thermal facilities of low temperature; Tipologia de instalaciones solares termicas de baja temperatura



    The public interest by sustain ability and the governmental support are in the base of the great number of solar thermal collectors installed during the last years. In fact, the new 2006 Building Technical Code, Very responsible for this development on 2007, has provoked the appearance of new design instruments to guarantee in the collectors his energetic efficiency, his architectural integration, his durability and his maintenance. This article checks the different types of solar collectors of low temperate. (Author)

  20. Thermal history and differential exhumation across the Eastern Musgrave Province, South Australia: Insights from low-temperature thermochronology

    Glorie, Stijn; Agostino, Kate; Dutch, Rian; Pawley, Mark; Hall, James; Danišík, Martin; Evans, Noreen J.; Collins, Alan S.


    Multi-method geo- and thermochronological data obtained for Palaeo- and Mesoproterozoic granitoids traversing the main structural architecture of the eastern Musgrave Province within South Australia reveal multiphase cooling histories. Apatite U-Pb dating on six samples yield consistent ages of 1075-1025 Ma, suggesting a thermal reset coinciding with mantle-derived magmatism of the greater Warakurna Large Igneous Province ( 1080-1040 Ma). Apatite fission track (AFT) analysis indicate that four discrete thermal events affected the study area, inducing cooling through the AFT partial annealing zone ( 60-120 °C), supported by apatite and zircon (U-Th-Sm)/He data. Late Neoproterozoic cooling from deep crustal levels to temperatures recording elevated geothermal gradients at that time, was observed throughout the study area, however, more data is needed to further support this interpretation. The high sample density across the structural architecture of the study area furthermore reveals patterns of fault reactivation and resulting differential exhumation, indicating shallower exhumation levels in the centre and deeper exhumation towards the margins of the sampled transect. The observed differential exhumation patterns match with existing seismic data and fit a model of an inverted graben system for the Phanerozoic evolution of the eastern Musgraves. The results highlight a complex Phanerozoic thermal history for the eastern Musgraves and help to elucidate the poorly appreciated tectonic evolution of inland Australia. This study further demonstrates how high-density sample transects across structural architecture can assess the relative crustal level and associated preservation of the thermal history record within fault-reactivated terranes.

  1. Effects of high and low temperatures on thermal tolerance in Folsomia candida (Collembola)

    Jensen, Dorthe; Holmstrup, Martin; Bayley, Mark


    on invertebrates, significant increases in thermal resistance have been shown to occur on this short timescale after exposure to environmentally realistic alterations in temperature (e.g. Dahlgaard et al., 1998). In the present study, the thermal shock tolerance of adult F. candida was tested after either exposure...... to a constant temperature (control) or exposure to a fluctuating temperature for between 4 and 24 h. Both ends of the thermal tolerance scale were tested. Temperature fluctuation between - 1 and 19.8 °C (± 0.1 °C) had no significant effect on the survival of F. candida after a 2-hour cold shock at - 5.4 (100......% survival), - 6.4 or - 7.4 °C (100% mortality) compared with the control. In contrast, fluctuation between 20 and 30.1 °C (± 0.1°C) induced a significantly increased tolerance to a 34.6 °C heat shock with survival increasing from about 10% in the controls to a maximum of 80% in the animals exposed...

  2. Thermal effects on the dynamics and motor control of ballistic prey capture in toads: maintaining high performance at low temperature.

    Deban, Stephen M; Lappin, A Kristopher


    Temperature has a strong influence on biological rates, including the contractile rate properties of muscle and thereby the velocity, acceleration and power of muscle-powered movements. We hypothesized that the dynamics of movements powered by elastic recoil have a lower thermal dependence than muscle-powered movements. We examined the prey capture behavior of toads (Bufo terrestris) using high speed imaging and electromyography to compare the effects of body temperature (11-35°C) on the kinematics, dynamics and motor control of two types of movement: (1) ballistic mouth opening and tongue projection, which are powered by elastic recoil, and (2) non-ballistic prey transport, including tongue retraction and mouth closing, which are powered directly by muscle contraction. Over 11-25°C, temperature coefficients of ballistic mouth opening and tongue projection dynamics (Q(10) of 0.99-1.25) were not significantly different from 1.00 and were consistently lower than those of prey transport movements (Q(10) of 1.77-2.26), supporting our main hypothesis. The depressor mandibulae muscle, which is responsible for ballistic mouth opening and tongue projection via the recovery of elastic strain energy stored by the muscle prior to the onset of the movement, was activated earlier and for a longer duration at lower temperatures (Q(10) of 2.29-2.41), consistent with a slowing of its contractile rates. Muscle recruitment was unaffected by temperature, as revealed by the lack of thermal dependence in the intensity of activity of both the jaw depressor and jaw levator muscles (Q(10) of 0.754-1.12). Over the 20-35°C range, lower thermal dependence was found for the dynamics of non-elastic movements and the motor control of both elastic and non-elastic movements, in accord with a plateau of high performance found in other systems.

  3. Thermal and water management of low temperature Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell in fork-lift truck power system

    Hosseinzadeh, Elham; Rokni, Masoud; Rabbani, Raja Abid


    A general zero-dimensional Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) model has been developed for forklift truck application. The balance of plant (BOP) comprises of a compressor, an air humidifier, a set of heat exchangers and a recirculation pump. Water and thermal management of the fuel cell...... voltage when membrane is fully hydrated otherwise it causes a drastic voltage drop in the stack. Furthermore, by substituting liquid water with water-ethylene glycol mixture of 50%, the mass flow of coolant increases by about 32-33% in the inner loop and 60-65% in the outer loop for all ranges of current...

  4. Low-Temperature Heat Capacity and Thermal Decomposition of Crystalline[Ho(Thr)(H2O)5]Cl3

    蓝孝征; 谭志诚; 刘北平; 南照东; 孙立贤; 徐芬


    Rare earth elements have been widely used in many areas. Rare earth complex bearing an amino acid was synthesized to study the influence and the long-term effect of rare earth elements on environment and human beings,because amino acid is the basic unit of the living things. Previous work on these kinds of comidex is focused on synthesis and characterization of them. But thermodynamic data have seldom been reported. Here we present the thermod~nRmle study of [ Ho (Thr)(H20 )5]Cl3. The heat capecity of Holmium complex with threonine,[Ho(Thr)(H2O)5]Cl3,was measured with an automatic adiabatic calorimeter in the temperature range from 79K to 330K and no thermal anomaly was found in this range,Thermodynamic functions relative to standard state 298.15K were derived from the heat capactiy data.Thermal decomposition behavior of the complex in nitrogen atmosphere in the range from 300K to 900K was studied by thermogravimetric(TG) technique and a possible decompostion mechanism was proposed according to the TG-DTG results.

  5. Low Temperature Creep of Hot-Extruded Near-Stoichiometric NiTi Shape Memory Alloy. Part 2; Effect of Thermal Cycling

    Raj, S. V.; Noebe, R. D.


    This paper is the first report on the effect prior low temperature creep on the thermal cycling behavior of NiTi. The isothermal low temperature creep behavior of near-stoichiometric NiTi between 300 and 473 K was discussed in Part I. The effect of temperature cycling on its creep behavior is reported in the present paper (Part II). Temperature cycling tests were conducted between either 300 or 373 K and 473 K under a constant applied stress of either 250 or 350 MPa with hold times lasting at each temperature varying between 300 and 700 h. Each specimen was pre-crept either at 300 or at 473 K for several months under an identical applied stress as that used in the subsequent thermal cycling tests. Irrespective of the initial pre-crept microstructures, the specimens exhibited a considerable increase in strain with each thermal cycle so that the total strain continued to build-up to 15 to 20 percent after only 5 cycles. Creep strains were immeasurably small during the hold periods. It is demonstrated that the strains in the austenite and martensite are linearly correlated. Interestingly, the differential irrecoverable strain, in the material measured in either phase decreases with increasing number of cycles, similar to the well-known Manson-Coffin relation in low cycle fatigue. Both phases are shown to undergo strain hardening due to the development of residual stresses. Plots of true creep rate against absolute temperature showed distinct peaks and valleys during the cool-down and heat-up portions of the thermal cycles, respectively. Transformation temperatures determined from the creep data revealed that the austenitic start and finish temperatures were more sensitive to the pre-crept martensitic phase than to the pre-crept austenitic phase. The results are discussed in terms of a phenomenological model, where it is suggested that thermal cycling between the austenitic and martensitic phase temperatures or vice versa results in the deformation of the austenite and

  6. A computational study of syngas auto-ignition characteristics at high-pressure and low-temperature conditions with thermal inhomogeneities

    Pal, Pinaki


    A computational study was conducted to investigate the characteristics of auto-ignition in a syngas mixture at high-pressure and low-temperature conditions in the presence of thermal inhomogeneities. Highly resolved one-dimensional numerical simulations incorporating detailed chemistry and transport were performed. The temperature inhomogeneities were represented by a global sinusoidal temperature profile and a local Gaussian temperature spike (hot spot). Reaction front speed and front Damköhler number analyses were employed to characterise the propagating ignition front. In the presence of a global temperature gradient, the ignition behaviour shifted from spontaneous propagation (strong) to deflagrative (weak), as the initial mean temperature of the reactant mixture was lowered. A predictive Zel\\'dovich–Sankaran criterion to determine the transition from strong to weak ignition was validated for different parametric sets. At sufficiently low temperatures, the strong ignition regime was recovered due to faster passive scalar dissipation of the imposed thermal fluctuations relative to the reaction timescale, which was quantified by the mixing Damköhler number. In the presence of local hot spots, only deflagrative fronts were observed. However, the fraction of the reactant mixture consumed by the propagating front was found to increase as the initial mean temperature was lowered, thereby leading to more enhanced compression-heating of the end-gas. Passive scalar mixing was not found to be important for the hot spot cases considered. The parametric study confirmed that the relative magnitude of the Sankaran number translates accurately to the quantitative strength of the deflagration front in the overall ignition advancement. © 2015 Taylor & Francis

  7. Anomalies in thermal expansion and heat capacity of TmB50 at low temperatures: magnetic phase transition and crystal electric field effect.

    Novikov, V V; Zhemoedov, N A; Mitroshenkov, N V; Matovnikov, A V


    We experimentally study the heat capacity and thermal expansion of thulium boride (TmB50) at temperatures of 2-300 K. The wide temperature range (2-180 K) of boride negative expansion was revealed. We found the anomalies in C(T) heat capacity temperature dependence, attributed to the Schottky contribution (i.e. the influence of the crystal electric field: CEF), as well as the magnetic phase transition. CEF-splitting of the f-levels of the Tm(3+) ion was described by the Schottky function of heat capacity with a quasi-quartet in the ground state. Excited multiplets are separated from the ground state by energy gaps δ1 = 100 K, and δ2 ≈ 350 K. The heat capacity maximum at Tmax ≈ 2.4 K may be attributed to the possible magnetic transition in TmB50. Other possible causes of the low-temperature maximum of C(T) dependence are the nonspherical surroundings of rare earth atoms due to the boron atoms in the crystal lattice of the boride and the emergence of two-level systems, as well as the splitting of the ground multiplet due to local magnetic fields of the neighboring ions of thulium. Anomalies in heat capacity are mapped with the thermal expansion features of boride. It is found that the TmB50 thermal expansion characteristic features are due to the influence of the CEF, as well as the asymmetry of the spatial arrangement of boron atoms around the rare earth atoms in the crystal lattice of RB50. The Grüneisen parameters, corresponding to the excitation of different multiplets of CEF-splitting, were determined. A satisfactory accordance between the experimental and estimated temperature dependencies of the boride thermal expansion coefficient was achieved.

  8. Effect of ultrasound, low-temperature thermal and alkali pre-treatments on waste activated sludge rheology, hygienization and methane potential.

    Ruiz-Hernando, M; Martín-Díaz, J; Labanda, J; Mata-Alvarez, J; Llorens, J; Lucena, F; Astals, S


    Waste activated sludge is slower to biodegrade under anaerobic conditions than is primary sludge due to the glycan strands present in microbial cell walls. The use of pre-treatments may help to disrupt cell membranes and improve waste activated sludge biodegradability. In the present study, the effect of ultrasound, low-temperature thermal and alkali pre-treatments on the rheology, hygienization and biodegradability of waste activated sludge was evaluated. The optimum condition of each pre-treatment was selected based on rheological criteria (reduction of steady state viscosity) and hygienization levels (reduction of Escherichia coli, somatic coliphages and spores of sulfite-reducing clostridia). The three pre-treatments were able to reduce the viscosity of the sludge, and this reduction was greater with increasing treatment intensity. However, only the alkali and thermal conditioning allowed the hygienization of the sludge, whereas the ultrasonication did not exhibit any notorious effect on microbial indicators populations. The selected optimum conditions were as follows: 27,000 kJ/kg TS for the ultrasound, 80 °C during 15 min for the thermal and 157 g NaOH/kg TS for the alkali. Afterward, the specific methane production was evaluated through biomethane potential tests at the specified optimum conditions. The alkali pre-treatment exhibited the greatest methane production increase (34%) followed by the ultrasonication (13%), whereas the thermal pre-treatment presented a methane potential similar to the untreated sludge. Finally, an assessment of the different treatment scenarios was conducted considering the results together with an energy balance, which revealed that the ultrasound and alkali treatments entailed higher costs. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Platinum thin films with good thermal and chemical stability fabricated by inductively coupled plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition at low temperatures

    Liu, Bo-Heng [Instrument Technology Research Center, National Applied Research Laboratories, Taiwan (China); Huang, Hung Ji, E-mail: [Instrument Technology Research Center, National Applied Research Laboratories, Taiwan (China); Huang, Sheng-Hsin [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Hsiao, Chien-Nan [Instrument Technology Research Center, National Applied Research Laboratories, Taiwan (China)


    The inductively coupled plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) method was used to fabricate ultrathin and smooth Pt thin films at low temperatures without the use of a Pt seed layer. The Pt thin metal films deposited at 200 °C onto Si and glass substrates exhibited high conductivities (< 12 μΩ cm for films with a thickness greater than 8 nm) and thermal stabilities resembling those of the bulk material. The measured density of the deposited Pt thin films was 20.7 ± 6 g/cm{sup 3}. X-ray photoelectron spectra of the films showed clear 4f peaks (74.3 eV (4f{sub 5/2}) and 71.1 eV (4f{sub 7/2})), and X-ray diffraction measurements showed the (111) peak of the fcc structure. The deposited Pt layers were in crystal form. The 25.5-nm Pt films coated onto 170-nm-wide trench structures (aspect ratio of 3.5:1) exhibited good step coverage. The PEALD-deposited Pt thin films were chemically stable under high-temperature light illumination and could serve as catalysts under strongly alkaline conditions (pH = 12) during the long-term oxidization of ammonium ions. - Highlights: • Inductively coupled plasma applied to enhance atomic layer deposition (PEALD) • Smooth Pt films fabricated by PEALD at low temperature • 8-nm Pt shows clear metal peaks in XPS and XRD. • 8-nm Pt shows low electrical resistivity of 16 μΩ cm. • 8-nm Pt shows stability under strong light and pH = 12 wash by NH{sub 4}{sup +}/NaOH solution.

  10. Characterizing the emission of chlorinated/brominated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans from low-temperature thermal processing of waste printed circuit board.

    Duan, Huabo; Li, Jinhui; Liu, Yicheng; Yamazaki, Norimasa; Jiang, Wei


    This study focuses primarily on the inventory of PCDD/Fs and PBDD/Fs associated with the low-temperature thermal processing of scrap printed circuit boards (PCBs). Twelve 2,3,7,8-substituted PBDD/Fs congeners were found in various sample outputs, with a total content of 60,000 ng TEQ/kg at 250°C under air atmosphere. A rapid increase of PBDD/Fs was produced with 160,000 ng TEQ/kg, at 275°C-about twice that under the N(2) atmosphere. At 275°C, the total contents of PCDD/Fs were only 170 and 770 ng TEQ/kg under an N(2) and air atmospheres respectively. The results reveal that a large contribution of PBDD/Fs emission may be expected from the dismantling or any other thermal processing of PCB scrap. PCDD/Fs, however, are formed and released into the environment in a variety of ways. Additional research is required to look for the causal factors that affect emissions. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Electron hybridization and anharmonic thermal vibration effect on structure transition of SrTiO3 at high-pressure and low-temperature

    Yamanaka, Takamitsu; Ahart, Muhtar; Mao, Ho-kwang; Suzuki, Takeyuki


    We execute electron density analysis of SrTiO3 at low temperatures up 80 K and high pressures up to 11.88 GPa using X-ray single-crystal diffraction and ab initio quantum chemical molecular orbital (MO) calculation. By changing pressures, the cubic SrTiO3 with perovskite structure goes through a antiferroelastic distortion to tetragonal symmetry above the critical pressure Pc=7 GPa with c/a1 and increasing with lowering temperature. Difference Fourier (D-F) synthesis experimentally proves the residual electron densities Δρ(xyz) are associated with two different effects: electron hybridization bonding electron and anharmonic thermal vibration atoms. The d-p-π hybridization between Ti(3d) and O(2p) orbitals is confirmed in the residual electron density, which is deformed from the ideal spherical density conducted by the atomic scattering factor fi using Hartree-Fock (HF) approximation. MO calculation also reveals the electron hybridization. Anharmonic thermal vibration of atoms yields a large effect to the structure transition. Mulliken charges analysis of MO calculation indicates much smaller charges than their formal ionic charges. Their ionicity increases from cubic to tetragonal above Pc and below Tc.

  12. Low Temperature Emissivity Measurement System

    Jignesh A. Patel


    Full Text Available The emissivity of a material is the relative ability of its surface to emit energy by radiation. It is the ratio of energy radiated by a particular material to energy radiated by a black body at the same temperature. Knowledge about the low temperature emissivity of materials and coatings can be essential to the design of fusion cryoplants and in the thermal modeling for space satellite missions. The emittance of materials at cryogenics temperatures often cannot be predicted from room temperature data, but for computing radiative loads and infrared backgrounds this cryogenic data is often required. Measurement of the cryogenic emissivity of a highly reflective surface is a significant challenge: little thermal power is radiated from the sample, and the background radiation. However some researchers have measured emissivity at various low temperature ranges. Present work reports, the various emissivity measurement setup and their considerations.

  13. Low-temperature thermal evolution of the Azov Massif (Ukrainian Shield Ukraine) — Implications for interpreting (U Th)/He and fission track ages from cratons

    Danišík, Martin; Sachsenhofer, Reinhard F.; Privalov, Vitaliy A.; Panova, Elena A.; Frisch, Wolfgang; Spiegel, Cornelia


    The low-temperature thermal evolution of the Azov Massif (eastern part of the Ukrainian Shield, Ukraine) is investigated by combined zircon fission track (ZFT), apatite fission track (AFT) and apatite (U-Th)/He (AHe) thermochronology. The data help to better understand the geodynamic evolution of the Azov Massif and the adjacent intra-cratonic rift basin (Dniepr-Donets Basin) as follows: ZFT data reveal that the Precambrian crystalline basement of the Azov Massif was heated to temperatures close to ˜ 240 °C during the Late Palaeozoic. The heating event is interpreted in terms of burial of the basement beneath a several kilometres thick pile of Devonian and Carboniferous sedimentary deposits of the adjacent Dniepr-Donets Basin. During Permo-Triassic times, large parts of the basement were affected by a thermal event related to mantle upwelling, associated magmatic activity and increased heat flow in the adjacent rift. The major part of the basement cooled to near-surface conditions in the Early to Middle Triassic and since then was thermally stable as suggested by AFT and AHe data. Further, AFT data confirm Late Triassic magmatic activity in the Azov Massif, which, however, did not influence regional thermal pattern. The northern part of the basement and its sedimentary cover record a cooling event in the Jurassic, which was probably related to erosion. However, although Ar-Ar data of Jurassic magmatic activity in the Donbas Foldbelt are about 20 My younger than the AFT data, thermal relaxation after elevated heat flow associated with this magmatic event cannot be completely ruled out. Our results reveal apparent inconsistencies between AFT and AHe data: the AHe ages corrected for alpha ejection according to the standard procedure [Farley, K.A., Wolf, R.A., Silver, L.T., 1996. The effect of long alpha-stopping distances on (U-Th)/He ages. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 60(21), 4223-4229.; Farley, K.A., 2002. (U-Th)/He dating: Techniques, calibrations, and applications

  14. Low temperature asphalt mixtures

    Modrijan, Damjan


    This thesis presents the problem of manufacturing and building in the asphalt mixtures produced by the classical hot procedure and the possibility of manufacturing low temperature asphalt mixtures.We will see the main advantages of low temperature asphalt mixtures prepared with bitumen with organic addition Sasobit and compare it to the classical asphalt mixtures. The advantages and disadvantages of that are valued in the practical example in the conclusion.

  15. Low temperature creep plasticity

    Michael E. Kassner


    Full Text Available The creep behavior of crystalline materials at low temperatures (T < 0.3Tm is discussed. In particular, the phenomenological relationships that describe primary creep are reviewed and analyzed. A discussion of the activation energy for creep at T < 0.3Tm is discussed in terms of the context of higher temperature activation energy. The basic mechanism(s of low temperature creep plasticity are discussed, as well.

  16. Certification testing at low temperatures

    Noss, P.W. [Packaging Technology, Tacoma, WA (United States); Ammerman, D.J. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)


    Regulations governing the transport of radioactive materials require that most hypothetical accident condition tests or analyses consider the effects of the environmental temperature that most challenges package performance. For many packages, the most challenging temperature environment is the cold condition (-29 C according to U.S. regulations), primarily because the low temperature causes the highest free drop impact forces due to the higher strength of many energy-absorbing materials at this temperature. If it is decided to perform low temperature testing, it is only necessary that the relevant parts of the package have the required temperature prior to the drop. However, the details of performing a drop at low temperature can have a large influence on testing cost and technical effectiveness. The selection of the test site, the chamber and type of chilling equipment, instrumentation, and even the time of year are all important. Control of seemingly minor details such as the effect on internal pressure, placement of monitoring thermocouples, the thermal time constant of the test article, and icing of equipment are necessary to ensure a successful low temperature test. This paper will discuss these issues and offer suggestions based on recent experience.

  17. Low temperature thermal cycling as a beneficial treatment of titanium. Waermeermuedung im Tieftemperaraturbereich (77 K r reversible 373 K) als Verguetungsbehandlung (Training) des Titans

    Ziaja, J. (Politechnika Wroclawska (Poland))


    A mechanical (tension tests and fatigue properties in bending) and microstructural investigation was carried out on 99,83%. Titanium specimens subject to low temperature thermal cycling (LTTC) (77 K {r reversible} 373 K). It was found that LTTC gives rise to a wide variety of structural phenomena, to a material density change (+0,12%) and to a 'shrinkage' of cristall lattice (compressive residual stresses). Tension tests carried out at ambient and 77 K temperatures revealed desirable changes in mechanical properties (increased values of YS{sub 0.2}, SS, {psi}, {delta}, W{sub {epsilon}}). Fatigue tests carried out in bending showed that the LTTC treated specimens had higher lives (Factor 5,7 at FS) or fatigue limits (47%), when tested at {sigma}{sub a}<0,62 (YS){sub 0.2}{sup b}, where (YS){sub 0.2}{sup b} is proof yield stress in static bending. It was found that the LTTC had a beneficial effect on mechanical properties of the material (Training of materials). (orig.).

  18. Paramagnetic limiting of the upper critical field of KFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} studied by low temperature thermal expansion and magnetostriction

    Zocco, Diego A.; Grube, Kai; Zaum, Sebastian; Eilers, Felix; Schaefer, Roland; Wolf, Thomas; Burger, Philipp; Hardy, Frederic; Boehmer, Anna; Meingast, Christoph [Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe (Germany); Loehneysen, Hilbert von [Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe (Germany); Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe (Germany)


    We present low-temperature thermal expansion and magnetostriction measurements of single crystals of KFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} (T{sub c} ∝ 3.4 K) in magnetic fields up to 14 T applied parallel and perpendicular to the c-axis of the samples (B{sub c2}{sup c} ∝ 1.5 T and B{sub c2}{sup ab} ∝ 4.8 T). In the normal state, quantum oscillations of the sample length were observed for B parallel c and B perpendicular to c, giving estimated mean-free-path values of 177 and 52 nm, respectively, indicating that the superconducting state can be described as being in the clean limit (ξ{sub 0}{sup ab} ∝ 10 nm). While the superconducting state is limited by orbital pair-breaking effects when magnetic fields are applied parallel to the c-axis, our measurements confirm strong paramagnetic effects on B{sub c2}(T) along the ab direction, as it was similarly found in other Fe-based materials such as LiFeAs and FeSe{sub 1-x}Te{sub x}.

  19. Simple synthesis and size-dependent surface-enhanced Raman scattering of Ag nanostructures on TiO2 by thermal decomposition of silver nitrate at low temperature.

    Wang, Ruey-Chi; Gao, Yong-Siang; Chen, Shu-Jen


    A low-temperature dry-process was proposed to synthesize silver nanoparticles, nanorods, and nanoplates on TiO(2) films via thermal decomposition of silver nitrate. X-ray diffraction (XRD) shows only silver crystals were synthesized on the substrate without other byproducts remaining. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) reveal the Ag nanoparticles are single-crystalline face-centered cubic (FCC) structures and their average diameters decrease from 100 to 15 nm with the increase in distance from the source, which corresponds to a decrease of substrate temperature from 350 to 110 degrees C. The Ag nanorods are also single-crystalline FCC structures growing along the [110] direction with diameter and length around 40 and 500 nm, respectively. The morphology of silver nanostructures could be adjusted by varying the working pressure as well as the roughness of the substrates. An obvious size-dependent SERS effect on the TiO(2) substrate with silver nanoparticles was observed for the first time. The enhancement factor increases as the size of the Ag nanoparticles decreases, which is attributed to the increase of hot spots. In addition, fractional brookite in the anatase films could be detected only after being loaded with Ag nanoparticles, which demonstrates the application of SERS in detecting fractional and important features of semiconductors.

  20. Optimization of air conditioning systems utilizing low temperature thermal storage; Optimizacion de sistemas de acondicionamiento de aire utilizando sistemas de almacenamiento termico de baja temperatura

    Contreras Ramirez, J.; Dorantes Rodriguez, R. [Departamento de Energia, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana - Unidad Azcapotzalco, Mexico, D. F. (Mexico)


    In the last few years the different projects on the saving and efficient use of energy in the tertiary sector have been demonstrating the existing great potential in the air conditioning systems and equipment, whose intensive use is due to the predominance of hot and dry and hot and humid climate prevailing in a large part of the Mexican territory. Without any doubts one of the most serious problems facing the complex management and optimization of these systems is related to the variability of the thermal load and the regulation possibilities of the thermal machines, so as to attain, along the day an appropriate use and optimization of the total installed load, with the best possible economic benefits. Among the strategies that allow the optimization of the installed capacity and the variability of the thermal load is the low temperature thermal storage, for instance, the storage of ice, which is produced and stored to be used when the cooling machines are in standby in order to use this stored energy during the peak hours and during the normal operation of the equipment, but diminishing in a significant amount the electrical demand of the system to satisfy the thermal load with a combination thermal storage-cooling machine. This paper presents some case histories and the type of thermal storage commonly used; a methodology is discussed that allows to determine technically as well as economically the size of a thermal storage room. Some problems in the control and operation of these thermal systems are also presented. [Espanol] En los ultimos anos los diversos proyectos sobre ahorro y uso eficiente de la energia en el sector terciario han venido mostrando el gran potencial existente en los sistemas y equipos de aire acondicionado, cuyo uso intensivo se debe al predominio de los climas calidos seco y calido humedo en buena parte del territorio nacional. Sin lugar a dudas uno de los problemas mas serios que enfrenta la compleja gestion y optimizacion de estos

  1. Impact of cycling at low temperatures on the safety behavior of 18650-type lithium ion cells: Combined study of mechanical and thermal abuse testing accompanied by post-mortem analysis

    Friesen, Alex; Horsthemke, Fabian; Mönnighoff, Xaver; Brunklaus, Gunther; Krafft, Roman; Börner, Markus; Risthaus, Tim; Winter, Martin; Schappacher, Falko M.


    The impact of cycling at low temperatures on the thermal and mechanical abuse behavior of commercial 18650-type lithium ion cells was compared to fresh cells. Post-mortem analyses revealed a deposition of high surface area lithium (HSAL) metal on the graphite surface accompanied by severe electrolyte decomposition. Heat wait search (HWS) tests in an accelerating rate calorimeter (ARC) were performed to investigate the thermal abuse behavior of aged and fresh cells under quasi-adiabatic conditions, showing a strong shift of the onset temperature for exothermic reactions. HSAL deposition promotes the reduction of the carbonate based electrolyte due to the high reactivity of lithium metal with high surface area, leading to a thermally induced decomposition of the electrolyte to produce volatile gaseous products. Nail penetration tests showed a change in the thermal runaway (TR) behavior affected by the decomposition reaction. This study indicates a greater thermal hazard for LIB cells at higher SOC and experiencing aging at low temperature.

  2. Low-temperature negative thermal expansion behavior of LaFe{sub 11.2}Al{sub 1.8−x}Si{sub x} compounds

    Li, Shaopeng [State Key Laboratory of Technologies in Space Cryogenic Propellants, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Huang, Rongjin, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Technologies in Space Cryogenic Propellants, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Li, Wen [State Key Laboratory of Technologies in Space Cryogenic Propellants, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Wang, Wei [State Key Laboratory of Technologies in Space Cryogenic Propellants, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Zhao, Yuqiang [State Key Laboratory of Technologies in Space Cryogenic Propellants, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Li, Laifeng, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Technologies in Space Cryogenic Propellants, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China)


    The cubic NaZn{sub 13}-type LaFe{sub 11.2}Al{sub 1.8−x}Si{sub x}(x = 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5) compounds with different Si content were fabricated by conventional arc-melting method, the structures of which were confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement at ambient temperature. Besides, the thermal expansion and magnetic properties of these samples were also researched by means of a strain gage and a physical property measurement system (PPMS). Significantly, it was found that the negative thermal expansion (NTE) behavior have been remarkably enhanced with substituting Al with Si atoms. Furthermore, the NTE operation-temperature window concurrently shifts toward a higher temperature region. The variable temperature XRD results indicate that LaFe{sub 11.2}Al{sub 1.8−x}Si{sub x} retain cubic NaZn{sub 13}-type structure when temperature varies from 20 K to 270 K, including the temperature region where NTE occurs. The further theoretical analysis combined with magnetic characterization reveal that the improvement of NTE behavior is attributed to the enhancement of Fe–Fe magnetic exchange interactions with doping Si atoms. It is noteworthy that this study displays a new pathway to improve the NTE property of La(Fe,Al){sub 13}-based compounds at low temperature region, which highlights the potential applications of NTE materials in cryogenic engineering. - Highlights: • Negative thermal expansion of LaFe{sub 11.2}Al{sub 1.8−x}Si{sub x} was improved by introducing Si. • The structure of LaFe{sub 11.2}Al{sub 1.8−x}Si{sub x} was studied by X-ray diffraction measurement. • We analyze the mechanism of NTE in LaFe{sub 11.2}Al{sub 1.8−x}Si{sub x} by magnetic measurement.


    王岚; 谭志诚; 孟霜鹤; 梁东白; 高东升; 孙志忠; 刘振田


    用等离子体法制备的纳米晶体铁由XRD和SEM等方法测定其晶粒尺寸的平均值为87nm.用绝热量热方法在79~371K温区精确测定了其低温热容,测量结果比大晶粒Fe的热容值有明显的增强.在80~300 K温区之间增强热容为8%~14%.差示扫描量热(DSC)在高温区的研究结果则表明,纳米晶体Fe在400~700 K温区有一个宽的放热峰,对应于非平衡晶格缺陷所引起的焓释放850 K观察到一个放热峰.是纳米晶体铁从α相向α+γ相转变所引起的%The sample of nanocrystalline iron with the average grain size of 87nm was prepared by thermal plasma technique, and characterized by XRD and SEM. Measurement of low temperature heat capacity of the nano-Fe has been performed in the temperature range of 79~371K with an automated adiabatic calorimeter. Enhanced heat capacities varying from 8% to 14% were observed.The differential scanning calorimetric measurement showed one broad exothermic regime from 400K to700K corresponding to the enthalpy releasing, due to the contribution of nonequibrium lattice defects.An endothermic peak at 850K due to a γ→α + γ phase transition of nc-Fe was observed.

  4. The effect of low temperature thermal annealing on the magnetic properties of Heusler Ni–Mn–Sn melt-spun ribbons

    Llamazares, J.L. Sánchez, E-mail: [Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica A.C., Camino a la Presa San José 2055, Col. Lomas 4a, San Luis Potosí S.L.P. 78216, México (Mexico); Quintana-Nedelcos, A. [Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica A.C., Camino a la Presa San José 2055, Col. Lomas 4a, San Luis Potosí S.L.P. 78216, México (Mexico); Marmara University, Department of Material and Metalurgy Eng., Kadıkoy 34777, Istanbul (Turkey); Ríos-Jara, D. [Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica A.C., Camino a la Presa San José 2055, Col. Lomas 4a, San Luis Potosí S.L.P. 78216, México (Mexico); Sánchez-Valdes, C.F. [Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica A.C., Camino a la Presa San José 2055, Col. Lomas 4a, San Luis Potosí S.L.P. 78216, México (Mexico); Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, AP 14, Ensenada 22860, Baja California, México (Mexico); and others


    We report the effect of low temperature vacuum annealing (823 K; 550 °C) on the elemental chemical composition, structural phase transition temperatures, phase structure, and magnetic properties of Ni{sub 50.6}Mn{sub 36.3}Sn{sub 13.1} as-solidified ribbons. Their elemental chemical composition, highly oriented columnar-like microstructure and single-phase character (L2{sub 1}-type crystal structure for austenite) remain unchanged after this low temperature annealing. Annealed ribbons show a reduction of interatomic distances which lead to a small change in the characteristic phase transition temperatures (~3–6 K) but to a significant rise of ~73 and 63% in the saturation magnetization of the martensite and austenite phases, respectively, that can be strictly ascribed to the strengthening of ferromagnetic interactions due to the change in interatomic distances. - Highlights: • We study the effect of low temperature annealing on Ni{sub 50.6}Mn{sub 36.3}Sn{sub 13.1} melt-spun ribbons. • Low temperature annealing preserves the crystal structure, composition and microstructure of the ribbons. • Low temperature annealing reduces the cell volume. • The strengthening of the ferromagnetic exchange interaction significant increases σ{sub S}.

  5. Low-Temperature Supercapacitors

    Brandon, Erik J.; West, William C.; Smart, Marshall C.


    An effort to extend the low-temperature operational limit of supercapacitors is currently underway. At present, commercially available non-aqueous supercapacitors are rated for a minimum operating temperature of -40 C. A capability to operate at lower temperatures would be desirable for delivering power to systems that must operate in outer space or in the Polar Regions on Earth. Supercapacitors (also known as double-layer or electrochemical capacitors) offer a high power density (>1,000 W/kg) and moderate energy density (about 5 to 10 Wh/kg) technology for storing energy and delivering power. This combination of properties enables delivery of large currents for pulsed applications, or alternatively, smaller currents for low duty cycle applications. The mechanism of storage of electric charge in a supercapacitor -- at the electrical double-layer formed at a solid-electrode/liquid-electrolyte interface -- differs from that of a primary or secondary electrochemical cell (i.e., a battery) in such a manner as to impart a long cycle life (typically >10(exp 6) charge/discharge cycles).

  6. The holographic screen at low temperatures

    Kiselev, V V


    A permissible spectrum of transverse vibrations for the holographic screen modifies both a distribution of thermal energy over bits at low temperatures and the law of gravitation at small accelerations of free fall in agreement with observations of flat rotation curves in spiral galaxies. This modification relates holographic screen parameters in de Sitter space-time with the Milgrom acceleration in MOND.

  7. Wood preservation of low-temperature carbonisation

    Gosselink, R.J.A.; Krosse, A.M.A.; Putten, van der J.C.; Kolk, van der J.C.; Klerk-Engels, de B.; Dam, van J.E.G.


    Pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) wood with dimensions (100 x 10 x 10mm) was thermally treated at 275degreesC in a muffle oven to impart resistance to microbial degradation. Low-temperature carbonised pine resulted in a visually homogeneously treated product with a substantial (about 70% w/w) reduced non-c

  8. Low-temperature heat transfer in nanowires

    Glavin, B. A.


    The new regime of low-temperature heat transfer in suspended nanowires is predicted. It takes place when (i) only ``acoustic'' phonon modes of the wire are thermally populated and (ii) phonons are subject to the effective elastic scattering. Qualitatively, the main peculiarities of heat transfer originate due to appearance of the flexural modes with high density of states in the wire phonon spectrum. They give rise to the $T^{1/2}$ temperature dependence of the wire thermal conductance. The e...

  9. Thermal dependence of sprint performance in the lizard Psammodromus algirus along a 2200-meter elevational gradient: Cold-habitat lizards do not perform better at low temperatures.

    Zamora-Camacho, Francisco Javier; Rubiño-Hispán, María Virtudes; Reguera, Senda; Moreno-Rueda, Gregorio


    Sprint speed has a capital relevance in most animals' fitness, mainly for fleeing from predators. Sprint performance is maximal within a certain range of body temperatures in ectotherms, whose thermal upkeep relies on exogenous thermal sources. Ectotherms can respond to diverse thermal environments either by shifting their thermal preferences or maintaining them through different adaptive mechanisms. Here, we tested whether maximum sprint speed of a lizard that shows conservative thermal ecology along a 2200-meter elevational gradient differs with body temperature in lizards from different elevations. Lizards ran faster at optimum than at suboptimum body temperature. Notably, high-elevation lizards were not faster than mid- and low-elevation lizards at suboptimum body temperature, despite their low-quality thermal environment. This result suggests that both preferred body temperature and thermal dependence of speed performance are co-adapted along the elevational gradient. High-elevation lizards display a number of thermoregulatory strategies that allow them to achieve high optimum body temperatures in a low thermal-quality habitat and thus maximize speed performance. As for reproductive condition, we did not find any effect of it on sprint speed, or any significant interaction with elevation or body temperature. However, strikingly, gravid females were significantly slower than males and non-gravid females at suboptimum temperature, but performed similarly well at optimal temperature.

  10. Generalized Grueneisen parameters and the low temperature thermal expansion of high-T{sub c} superconductor Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8}

    Jayachandran, K.P.; Menon, C.S. [School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala (India)


    The anisotropy of low temperature thermal expansion of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} (Bi 2212) is analysed theoretically using quasiharmonic theory of thermal expansion. Vibrational anharmonicity as determined by the generalized Grueneisen parameters (GPs){gamma}'{sub j} and {gamma}''{sub j} of the various normal mode frequencies of the lattice has been studied. {gamma}'{sub j} refers to change in frequencies due to a uniform areal strain perpendicular to the c-axis and {gamma}''{sub j} to the change in frequencies due to a uniform areal strain along the c-axis of the Bi 2212 crystal. The generalized GPs are calculated using the second-order elastic constants (SOECs) and third-order elastic constants (TOECs). The SOECs and TOECs are calculated using deformation theory. The strain energy density {phi} is estimated by taking into account the interactions of nine nearest neighbours of each atom in the unit cell of Bi 2212. The energy density thus obtained is compared with the strain-dependent lattice energy from the continuum model approximation to obtain the complete set of non-vanishing SOECs and TOECs of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8}. Generally, {gamma}''{sub j} exhibits higher values than {gamma}'{sub j}. Thus the crystal is more anharmonic along the c-axis than in the ab-plane. The longitudinal acoustic mode 3'' is the most anisotropic of all the mode gammas. The transverse acoustic mode {gamma}{sub 1}' attains negative values from {theta}=25 deg. to 55 deg., where {theta} is the angle made by the direction of wave propagation with the c-axis of the crystal Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8}. The low temperature limit of the effective Grueneisen functions {gamma}-bar{sub parall}(0), which is parallel to the c-axis of Bi 2212, is almost double the value of {gamma}-bar {sub perpendicular} (0). Hence the discrepancy in the vibrational anharmonicity along the c-axis and along the CuO{sub 2

  11. Thermal conductivity measurements of single-crystalline bismuth nanowires by the four-point-probe 3-ω technique at low temperatures.

    Lee, Seung-Yong; Kim, Gil-Sung; Lee, Mi-Ri; Lim, Hyuneui; Kim, Wan-Doo; Lee, Sang-Kwon


    We have successfully investigated the thermal conductivity (κ) of single-crystalline bismuth nanowires (BiNWs) with [110] growth direction, via a straightforward and powerful four-point-probe 3-ω technique in the temperature range 10-280 K. The BiNWs, which are well known as the most effective material for thermoelectric (TE) device applications, were synthesized by compressive thermal stress on a SiO2/Si substrate at 250-270 °C for 10 h. To understand the thermal transport mechanism of BiNWs, we present three kinds of experimental technique as follows, (i) a manipulation of a single BiNW by an Omni-probe in a focused ion beam (FIB), (ii) a suspended bridge structure integrating a four-point-probe chip by micro-fabrication to minimize the thermal loss to the substrate, and (iii) a simple 3-ω technique system setup. We found that the thermal transport of BiNWs is highly affected by boundary scattering of both phonons and electrons as the dominant heat carriers. The thermal conductivity of a single BiNW (d ~ 123 nm) was estimated to be ~2.9 W m(-1) K(-1) at 280 K, implying lower values compared to the thermal conductivity of the bulk (~11 W m(-1) K(-1) at 280 K). It was noted that this reduction in the thermal conductivity of the BiNWs could be due to strongly enhanced phonon-boundary scattering at the surface of the BiNWs. Furthermore, we present temperature-dependent (10-280 K) thermal conductivity of the BiNWs using the 3-ω technique.

  12. A phase-transfer assisted solvo-thermal strategy for low-temperature synthesis of Na3(VO1-xPO4)2F1+2x cathodes for sodium-ion batteries.

    Zhao, Junmei; Mu, Linqin; Qi, Yuruo; Hu, Yong-Sheng; Liu, Huizhou; Dai, Sheng


    We demonstrate that a series of high-performance cathode materials, sodium vanadium polyanionic compounds, Na3(VO1-xPO4)2F1+2x (x = 0, 0.5 and 1), can be synthesized by a phase-transfer assisted solvo-thermal strategy at a rather low temperature (80-140 °C) in one simple step, exhibiting a high Na storage capacity of ca. 120 mA h g(-1) and excellent cycling performance. This study makes a significant step to extend this strategy to the synthesis of functional materials from simple binary to complex multicomponent compounds.

  13. Spectroscopy of Low Temperature Plasma

    Ochkin, Vladimir N


    Providing an up-to-date overview on spectroscopical diagnostics of low temperature plasma Spectroscopy of Low Temperature Plasma covers the latest developments and techniques. Written by a distinguished scientist and experienced book author this text is applicable to many fields in materials and surface science as well as nanotechnology and contains numerous appendices with indispensable reference data.

  14. Synthesis and electrical characterization of low-temperature thermal-cured epoxy resin/functionalized silica hybrid-thin films for application as gate dielectrics

    Na, Moonkyong, E-mail: [HVDC Research Division, Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, Changwon, 642-120 (Korea, Republic of); System on Chip Chemical Process Research Center, Department of Chemical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Pohang, 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Young Taec [Creative and Fundamental Research Division, Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, Changwon, 642-120 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Pusan National University, Busan, 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sang Cheol [HVDC Research Division, Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, Changwon, 642-120 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Eun Dong [Creative and Fundamental Research Division, Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, Changwon, 642-120 (Korea, Republic of)


    Thermal-cured hybrid materials were synthesized from homogenous hybrid sols of epoxy resins and organoalkoxysilane-functionalized silica. The chemical structures of raw materials and obtained hybrid materials were characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The thermal resistance of the hybrids was enhanced by hybridization. The interaction between epoxy matrix and the silica particles, which caused hydrogen bonding and van der Waals force was strengthened by organoalkoxysilane. The degradation temperature of the hybrids was improved by approximately 30 °C over that of the parent epoxy material. The hybrid materials were formed into uniformly coated thin films of about 50 nm-thick using a spin coater. An optimum mixing ratio was used to form smooth-surfaced hybrid films. The electrical property of the hybrid film was characterized, and the leakage current was found to be well below 10{sup −6} A cm{sup −2}. - Highlights: • Preparation of thermal-curable hybrid materials using epoxy resin and silica. • The thermal stability was enhanced through hybridization. • The insulation property of hybrid film was investigated as gate dielectrics.

  15. The impact of low-temperature seasonal aquifer thermal energy storage (SATES) systems on chlorinated solvent contaminated groundwater: Modeling of spreading and degradation

    Zuurbier, K.G.; Hartog, N.; Valstar, J.; Post, V.E.A.; Breukelen, B.M. van


    Groundwater systems are increasingly used for seasonal aquifer thermal energy storage (SATES) for periodic heating and cooling of buildings. Its use is hampered in contaminated aquifers because of the potential environmental risks associated with the spreading of contaminated groundwater, but positi

  16. Influenctial mechanism of low temperature thermal treatment on the slurrying ability of Shenfu coal%低温热处理对神府煤成浆性影响的机理研究

    宋成建; 曲建林; 王昊; 吴涛; 周安宁


    The low temperature thermal treatment method was used to modify Shenfu coal. The effect of low temperature thermal treated Shenfu coals were characterized by FT-IR test,BET test and contact angle experiments to investigate the effect of low temperature thermal treatment on the structure and hy-drophobicity of Shenfu coal,and the mechanism for improving the slurrying ability of Shenfu coal by thermal treatment was further discussed. The results suggest that thermal treatment can reduce the polar functional groups of carboxyl and hydroxyl,decrease the specific surface area and increase the average pore size,resulting in the increase of coal surface hydrophobicity. The thermal treatment can improve the slurrying ability of Shenfu coal,The optimized thermal treatment temperature is between 350 ℃ and 400℃. Meanwhile,treatment time under certain temperature also affect the slurry viscosity and syneresis rate of Shenfu coal. The effect of treatment time on the slurry viscosity is more significant than that on the syneresis rate at the low temperature. But the effect reverses at the high temperature. The low tempera-ture thermal treatment method not only can improve the slurrying ability of Shenfu coals,but also pro-duce ~3% tars.%采用低温热处理方法对神府煤进行了改性,通过FT-IR、BET、接触角测定等研究了低温热处理对神府煤的结构与表面疏水性的影响,并进一步探讨了热处理对神府煤成浆性的影响机理.结果表明:神府煤经过热处理后,其表面羧基和羟基等极性官能团减少,煤粒表面亲水性降低,比表面积减小,平均孔径增大;热处理温度在350 ℃ ~400 ℃时,煤的成浆粘度较低;热处理时间对热处理后煤粉的浆体粘度和析水率有一定的影响,热处理温度较低时,热处理时间对浆体粘度有显著影响,对析水率影响较小,热处理温度较高时,热处理时间对浆体粘度影响较小,但是对析水率影响较大;用低温热处理方

  17. Low temperature formation of higher-k cubic phase HfO{sub 2} by atomic layer deposition on GeO{sub x}/Ge structures fabricated by in-situ thermal oxidation

    Zhang, R., E-mail: [School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 2-11-16 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Department of Information Science and Electronic Engineering, Zhejiang University, 38 Zheda Road, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Huang, P.-C.; Taoka, N.; Yokoyama, M.; Takenaka, M.; Takagi, S. [School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 2-11-16 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan)


    We have demonstrated a low temperature formation (300 °C) of higher-k HfO{sub 2} using atomic layer deposition (ALD) on an in-situ thermal oxidation GeO{sub x} interfacial layer. It is found that the cubic phase is dominant in the HfO{sub 2} film with an epitaxial-like growth behavior. The maximum permittivity of 42 is obtained for an ALD HfO{sub 2} film on a 1-nm-thick GeO{sub x} form by the in-situ thermal oxidation. It is suggested from physical analyses that the crystallization of cubic phase HfO{sub 2} can be induced by the formation of six-fold crystalline GeO{sub x} structures in the underlying GeO{sub x} interfacial layer.

  18. Low-temperature geothermal resources of Washington

    Schuster, J.E. [Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources, Olympia, WA (United States). Div. of Geology and Earth Resources; Bloomquist, R.G. [Washington State Energy Office, Olympia, WA (United States)


    This report presents information on the location, physical characteristics, and water chemistry of low-temperature geothermal resources in Washington. The database includes 941 thermal (>20C or 68F) wells, 34 thermal springs, lakes, and fumaroles, and 238 chemical analyses. Most thermal springs occur in the Cascade Range, and many are associated with stratovolcanoes. In contrast, 97 percent of thermal wells are located in the Columbia Basin of southeastern Washington. Some 83.5 percent are located in Adams, Benton, Franklin, Grant, Walla Walla, and Yakima Counties. Yakima County, with 259 thermal wells, has the most. Thermal wells do not seem to owe their origin to local sources of heat, such as cooling magma in the Earth`s upper crust, but to moderate to deep circulation of ground water in extensive aquifers of the Columbia River Basalt Group and interflow sedimentary deposits, under the influence of a moderately elevated (41C/km) average geothermal gradient.

  19. Study of parameters and strength of thermal effects for granite under low temperature%花岗岩低温热力效应参数及强度规律研究

    李云鹏; 王芝银


    The thermal effects of rock in long-.term varying low-temperature environment are mainly expressed by the mechanical parameters, thermal coefficients of rock and the pore ice expansion coefficient in the saturation state changing with the decreasing temperature. These changes have some significant influences on the deformation and strength characteristics of rock. The constitutive equation considering the thermal effects and the ice expansion coefficient is established according to the nonlinear thermo-elastic theory of varying properties, and the changing relationships of the thermal coefficients with temperature and their determining method are given under the uniaxial compressive condition. Then, the relationships of the thermal effects with low temperature for granite are obtained by means of the uniaxial compression test results of granite under the different dry low temperatures and the saturated frozen, and the influence of the different conditions on the compressive strength characteristics of granite is discussed. The analysis results show that the thermal coefficient and the ice expansion coefficient of granite decrease gradually with the increasing of the relative temperature difference under the varying low-temperature environment, and the reducing rate of thermal coefficient is lower than that of the ice expansion coefficient. The coefficient of the thermal expansion is greater than that of the ice expansion under the same temperature difference. The thermal stress and the ice expansion stress increase with the low temperature nonlinearly. The compressive strength values of granite in the two states are both increasing; but the thermal stress is the dominating, and the axial stress increment caused by the thermal coefficient is always larger than that caused by the ice expansion force. The proposed method and the obtained results can be supplied for the research on material deformation properties and engineering application under long-term varying low

  20. Impacts of adding low-temperature economizer on condenser vacuum and thermal economic%低温省煤器对凝汽器真空及机组热经济性影响

    韩中合; 李鹏


    In order to solve the overheating problem of the 5# boiler exhaust gas for the direct air cooling 600 MW unit in a power plant,this paper proposed the technical solution by installing low-temperature economizer. Flue gas heat was used to heat the condensed water in this process. Extraction steam was routed back to the steam turbine to continue expanding, the power of steam turbine was increased, the turbine heat rate and the gross coal consumption rate were decreased. Condenser vacuum fell by1.617kPa after low-temperature economizer was added. Using the habitual thermal balance method and equivalent enthalpy drop method,the thermal economic of the designs was evaluated. The habitual thermal balance method’s results indicated that after the low-temperature economizer was added,the heat rate decreased by 25.711kJ/(kW·h),the gross coal consumption reduced by 0.959g/(kW·h);and the equivalent enthalpy drop method’s results indicated that the low-temperature economizer made turbine heat rate decrease by 26.832kJ/(kW·h) and reduced the gross coal consumption by 1.001g/(kW·h). That adding low-temperature economizer achieved good energy saving results. Also proved that the consistency of the equivalent enthalpy drop method and the habitual thermal balance method.%为解决国内某电厂600MW直接空冷机组5#锅炉排烟温度过高的问题,在锅炉尾部烟道加装低温省煤器,利用烟气余热加热机组凝结水。抽汽被排挤回汽轮机继续膨胀做功,增加汽轮机发电功率,降低汽轮机热耗和机组发电煤耗;同时汽轮机排汽量增加,凝汽器真空下降,机组热经济性变差。本文以TRL工况为例,对该电厂加装低温省煤器后进行了计算,得出凝汽器真空下降1.617kPa。利用热平衡法与等效焓降法,对加装低温省煤器后机组热经济性进行计算。最终结果为:热平衡法得到加装低温省煤器后汽轮机热耗下降25.711kJ/(kW·h

  1. Seismic activity and thermal regime of low temperature fumaroles at Mt. Vesuvius in 2004-2011: distinguishing among seismic, volcanic and hydrological signals

    Paola Cusano


    Full Text Available Seismological, soil temperature and hydrological data from Mt. Vesuvius are collected to characterize the present-day activity of the volcanic/hydrothermal system and to detect possible unrest-related phenomena. We present patterns of seismicity and soil temperature in the crater area during the period February 2004-December 2011. The temporal distribution of number and depth of Volcano-Tectonic earthquakes and the energy release are considered. Hourly data of soil temperature have been acquired since January 2004 in different locations along the rim and within the crater. The observed changes of temperature are studied to establish a temporal-based correlation with the volcanic activity and/or with external forcing, as variations of the regional and local stress field acting on the volcano or meteorological phenomena. The comparison between seismic activity and temperature data highlights significant variations possibly related to changes in fluid circulation in the hydrothermal system of the volcano. The common continuous observations start just before a very shallow earthquake occurred in August 2005, which was preceded by a thermal anomaly. This coincidence has been interpreted as related to fluid-driven rock fracturing, as observed in other volcanoes. For the successive temporal patterns, the seismicity rate and energy release are characterized by slight variations accompanied by changes in temperature. This evidence of reactivity of the fumarole thermal field to seismic strain can be used to discriminate between tectonic and volcanic signals at Mt. Vesuvius.

  2. Sensors for low temperature application

    Henderson, Timothy M.; Wuttke, Gilbert H.


    A method and apparatus for low temperature sensing which uses gas filled micro-size hollow glass spheres that are exposed in a confined observation area to a low temperature range (Kelvin) and observed microscopically to determine change of state, i.e., change from gaseous state of the contained gas to condensed state. By suitable indicia and classification of the spheres in the observation area, the temperature can be determined very accurately.

  3. Testing of thermal properties of compost from municipal waste with a view to using it as a renewable, low temperature heat source.

    Klejment, E; Rosiński, M


    To determine how much heat may be recovered from a composting process, first it is necessary to know the heat production during the high temperature phase and characteristic values of the thermal conductivity coefficient for compost. The composting process was monitored in laboratory experiments. During the high temperature phase an average 1136kJ/kg of heat was released (but generally it was around 900kJ/kg). An average of 37.4% of that heat resulted from total bio-oxidation of organic compounds, assumed to be carbohydrates. The values of conductivity coefficient were from 0.150 to 0.309W/mK and depended on the temperature, humidity, density and age of compost.

  4. Low-temperature heat transfer in nanowires.

    Glavin, B A


    A new regime of low-temperature heat transfer in suspended nanowires is predicted. It takes place when (i) only "acoustic" phonon modes of the wire are thermally populated and (ii) phonons are subject to the effective elastic scattering. Qualitatively, the main peculiarities of heat transfer originate due to the appearance of the flexural modes with high density of states in the wire phonon spectrum. They give rise to the T(1/2) temperature dependence of the wire thermal conductance. Experimental situations where the new regime is likely to be detected are discussed.

  5. Research on Low-temperature Thermal Radiation Influencing Factors Based on PASCO System%基于PASCO系统的低温热辐射影响因素的研究

    陈新; 陈龙; 李宇飞; 王珊


    Low-temperature thermal radiation influencing factors such as heated cube surface,temperature,dis-tance,relative location were studied by using the PASCO system. The results were shown visually with the data cloud pictures and three-dimensional maps by using a series of comparison experiments.%利用美国PASCO公司传感器热辐射实验系统对加热的立方腔体的表面特性、温度、距离、相对位置等主要影响因素对低温热辐射实验的影响进行了对比研究,并将实验结果以数据云图和3D立体图的形式直观的显示出来。

  6. Ammonia synthesis at low temperatures

    Rod, Thomas Holm; Logadottir, Ashildur; Nørskov, Jens Kehlet


    have been carried out to evaluate its feasibility. The calculations suggest that it might be possible to catalytically produce ammonia from molecular nitrogen at low temperatures and pressures, in particular if energy is fed into the process electrochemically. (C) 2000 American Institute of Physics........ In contrast to the biological process, the industrial process requires high temperatures and pressures to proceed, and an explanation of this important difference is discussed. The possibility of a metal surface catalyzed process running at low temperatures and pressures is addressed, and DFT calculations...

  7. Low temperature aluminum soldering analysis

    Peterkort, W.G.


    The investigation of low temperature aluminum soldering included the collection of spread factor and dihedral angle data for several solder alloys and a study of flux effects on aluminum. Selected solders were subjected to environmental tests and evaluated on the basis of tensile strength, joint resistance, visual appearance, and metallurgical analysis. A production line method for determining adequate flux removal was developed.

  8. Low-temperature magnetic refrigerator

    Barclay, John A.


    The disclosure is directed to a low temperature 4 to 20 K. refrigeration apparatus and method utilizing a ring of magnetic material moving through a magnetic field. Heat exchange is accomplished in and out of the magnetic field to appropriately utilize the device to execute Carnot and Stirling cycles.

  9. Low-temperature gas from marine shales

    Jarvie Daniel M


    Full Text Available Abstract Thermal cracking of kerogens and bitumens is widely accepted as the major source of natural gas (thermal gas. Decomposition is believed to occur at high temperatures, between 100 and 200°C in the subsurface and generally above 300°C in the laboratory. Although there are examples of gas deposits possibly generated at lower temperatures, and reports of gas generation over long periods of time at 100°C, robust gas generation below 100°C under ordinary laboratory conditions is unprecedented. Here we report gas generation under anoxic helium flow at temperatures 300° below thermal cracking temperatures. Gas is generated discontinuously, in distinct aperiodic episodes of near equal intensity. In one three-hour episode at 50°C, six percent of the hydrocarbons (kerogen & bitumen in a Mississippian marine shale decomposed to gas (C1–C5. The same shale generated 72% less gas with helium flow containing 10 ppm O2 and the two gases were compositionally distinct. In sequential isothermal heating cycles (~1 hour, nearly five times more gas was generated at 50°C (57.4 μg C1–C5/g rock than at 350°C by thermal cracking (12 μg C1–C5/g rock. The position that natural gas forms only at high temperatures over geologic time is based largely on pyrolysis experiments under oxic conditions and temperatures where low-temperature gas generation could be suppressed. Our results indicate two paths to gas, a high-temperature thermal path, and a low-temperature catalytic path proceeding 300° below the thermal path. It redefines the time-temperature dimensions of gas habitats and opens the possibility of gas generation at subsurface temperatures previously thought impossible.

  10. Low-Temperature Spacecraft: Challenges/Opportunities

    Dickman, J. E.; Patterson, R. L.; Overton, E.; Hammoud, A. N.; Gerber, S. S.


    Imagine sending a spacecraft into deep space that operates at the ambient temperature of its environment rather than hundreds of degrees Kelvin warmer. The average temperature of a spacecraft warmed only by the sun drops from 279 K near the Earth's orbit to 90 K near the orbit of Saturn, and to 44 K near Pluto's orbit. At present, deep space probes struggle to maintain an operating temperature near 300 K for the onboard electronics. To warm the electronics without consuming vast amounts of electrical energy, radioisotope heater units (RHUs) are used in vast numbers. Unfortunately, since RHU are always 'on', an active thermal management system is required to reject the excess heat. A spacecraft designed to operate at cryogenic temperatures and shielded from the sun by a large communication dish or solar cell array could be less complex, lighter, and cheaper than current deep space probes. Before a complete low-temperature spacecraft becomes a reality, there are several challenges to be met. Reliable cryogenic power electronics is one of the major challenges. The Low-Temperature Power Electronics Research Group at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) has demonstrated the ability of some commercial off the shelf power electronic components to operate at temperatures approaching that of liquid nitrogen (77 K). Below 77 K, there exists an opportunity for the development of reliable semiconductor power switching technologies other than bulk silicon CMOS. This paper will report on the results of NASA GRC's Low-Temperature Power Electronics Program and discuss the challenges to (opportunities for) the creation of a low-temperature spacecraft.

  11. Sustained Low Temperature NOx Reduction

    Zha, Yuhui


    Increasing regulatory, environmental, and customer pressure in recent years led to substantial improvements in the fuel efficiency of diesel engines, including the remarkable breakthroughs demonstrated through the Super Truck program supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). On the other hand, these improvements have translated into a reduction of exhaust gas temperatures, thus further complicating the task of controlling NOx emissions, especially in low power duty cycles. The need for improved NOx conversion over these low temperature duty cycles is also observed as requirements tighten with in-use emissions testing. Sustained NOx reduction at low temperatures, especially in the 150-200oC range, shares some similarities with the more commonly discussed cold-start challenge, however poses a number of additional and distinct technical problems. In this project we set a bold target of achieving and maintaining a 90% NOx conversion at the SCR catalyst inlet temperature of 150oC. The project is intended to push the boundaries of the existing technologies, while staying within the realm of realistic future practical implementation. In order to meet the resulting challenges at the levels of catalyst fundamentals, system components, and system integration, Cummins has partnered with the DOE, Johnson Matthey, and Pacific Northwest National Lab and initiated the Sustained Low-Temperature NOx Reduction program at the beginning of 2015. Through this collaboration, we are exploring catalyst formulations and catalyst architectures with enhanced catalytic activity at 150°C; opportunities to approach the desirable ratio of NO and NO2 in the SCR feed gas; options for robust low-temperature reductant delivery; and the requirements for overall system integration. The program is expected to deliver an on-engine demonstration of the technical solution and an assessment of its commercial potential. In the SAE meeting, we will share the initial performance data on engine to

  12. Low-temperature Waste Heat Powered Supercritical Thermal Power Generation Cycle Using Low-boiling Point Fluids%低温余热驱动的低沸点工质超临界动力循环

    王辉涛; 王华; 黄晓艳


    In order to improve the performance of the thermal power generation cycle driven by low-temperature waste heat, the system should be constructed to make the temnperature of the heated working fluid match the changing temperature of the fluid carrying waste heat, the supercritical Rankine cycle using organic fluid HFC125 as the working fluid is proved to be the best promising system driven by waste heat. The energy efficiency method should be used to evaluate the overall performance of the cyde.%低温余热动力回收热动循环应与余热流的变温特性很好地匹配才能获得较高的转化效率,采用低沸点有机工质HFC125实现超临界动力循环,能很好地逼近变温热源下的理想循环,从而获得较好的效果.采用效率来评价余热回收动力循环时,可以得到相对全面的结论.

  13. Low temperature safety of lithium-thionyl chloride cells

    Subbarao, S.; Deligiannis, F.; Shen, D. H.; Dawson, S.; Halpert, G.

    The use of lithium thionyl chloride cells for low-temperature applications is presently restricted because of their unsafe behavior. An attempt is made in the present investigation to identify the safe/unsafe low temperature operating conditions and to understand the low temperature cell chemistry responsible for the unsafe behavior. Cells subjected to extended reversal at low rate and -40 C were found to explode upon warm-up. Lithium was found to deposit on the carbon cathodes during reversal. Warming up to room temperature may be accelerating the lithium corrosion in the electrolyte. This may be one of the reasons for the cell thermal runaway.

  14. Thermal Expansion and Magnetostriction of CeCu{sub 6-x}Au{sub x} at low temperatures; Thermische Ausdehnung und Magnetostriktion von CeCu{sub 6-x}Au{sub x} bei sehr tiefen Temperaturen

    Drobnik, Stefanie


    A well-studied magnetic quantum critical point (QCP) exists at the onset of antiferromagnetic order in the heavy-fermion system CeCu{sub 6-x}Au{sub x} with a critical gold concentration of x{sub c}{approx}0.1. Due to the instability at the QCP the entropy S shows at finite temperatures a maximum as a function of x, volume V, or pressure p. The maximum leads to a sign change of the thermal expansion coefficient, {alpha}=-(1/V)({partial_derivative}S/{partial_derivative}p), and of the Grueneisen parameter {gamma}, the ratio of {alpha} and specific heat. This feature and the divergence of {gamma} at T{yields}0 are important thermodynamic probes to detect and classify QCPs. This work describes the set-up of a high-resolution dilatometer in a {sup 3}He/{sup 4}He dilution refrigerator and reports low-temperature thermal expansion and magnetostriction measurements on the critical concentration x=0.1 and x=0.15 with a Neel temperature of T{sub N}{approx}89 mK. The thermal expansion was measured in a temperature range of 30 mKthermal expansion shows clearly the strong NFL behavior and a diverging {gamma}. A comparison with theoretical predictions for a spin density wave model though reveals a small mismatch and a slightly shifted maximum in S(x). The possibility of an additional energy scale E{sup *} is studied in the pressure and strain dependencies of {alpha} and {gamma} respectively. It is possible to map out a phase diagram for x=0.15 from magnetostriction measurements. Comparing the change of different control parameters, such as pressure p and magnetic field B, the measurements reveal good scaling behavior for small changes of p and B. For larger changes a clear discrepancy in the critical behavior of p and B is measured. (orig.)

  15. 热舒适性情况下的低温地板辐射供暖节能研究%The thermal comfort conditions of low-temperature radiant floor heating system energy saving research

    靳俊杰; 唐中华; 高理福; 唐莉


    Through the comfort temperature range of 16 ℃ ~ 18 ℃,14 ℃ ~ 16 ℃ intermittent heating experiment of low-temperature floor radiation,the temperature of outdoor air,indoor air temperature of each measuring point,the floor surface temperature,supply and return water temperature and water flow are measured,and they are contrasted with the intermittent heating of work and continuous heating throughout the day.The results showed that,under the condition of thermal comfort of intermittent heating,small temperature gradient changes,the human comfort better than traditional intermittent heating at the same time,energy saving effect is obvious.Future universal heating in winter in the southwest has become a trend,the experiment provides reference and basis for the study of low-temperature floor radiation intermittent heating operation in the winter of southwest region.%通过对在舒适性温度范围内16c℃~18℃、14℃~16℃进行低温地板辐射间歇供暖试验,测量了室外空气温度、室内各个测点的空气温度、地板表面温度、供回水温度及水流量,并与上班期间间歇供暖及全天连续供暖进行对比.结果表明,在满足热舒适性情况下间歇供暖,温度梯度变化小,使人的舒适感比传统间歇式供暖要好的同时,节能效果明显.未来西南地区冬季普遍供暖成为了一种趋势,本试验为西南地区冬季低温地板辐射间歇供暖运行研究提供了参考和依据.

  16. Low Temperature Spin Structure of Gadolinium Titanate

    Javanparast, Behnam; McClarty, Paul; Gingras, Michel


    Many rare earth pyrochlore oxides exhibit exotic spin configurations at low temperatures due to frustration. The nearest neighbor coupling between spins on the corner-sharing tetrahedral network generate geometrical magnetic frustration. Among these materials, gadolinium titanate (Gd2Ti2O7) is of particular interest. Its low temperature ordered phases are not yet understood theoretically. Bulk thermal measurements such as specific heat and magnetic susceptibility measurements find two phase transitions in zero external field, in agreement with simple mean field calculations. However, recent neutron scattering experiments suggest a so-called 4-k spin structure for intermediate phase and a so called canted 4-k structure for lower temperature phase that does not agree with either mean-field theory or Monte Carlo simulation which find the 1-k state and Palmer-Chalker state respectively as the lowest free energy configuration for those phases. In our work, we study the 4-k structure in detail and present a new phase diagram for dipolar Heisenberg spins on a pyrochlore lattice, certain portions of which describe gadolinium titanate.

  17. Performance of MPPC at low temperature

    AN Zheng-Hua; XUE Zhen; SUN Xi-Lei; L(ü) QI-Wen; ZHANG Ai-Wu; NING Fei-Peng; ZHOU Li; SUN Li-Jun; GE Yong-Shuai; LIU Ying-Biao; WU Chong; L(U) Jun-Guang; SHI Feng; HU Tao; CAI Xiao; YU Bo-Xiang; FANG Jian; XIE Yu-Guang; WANG Zhi-Gang


    The performance of a MultiPixel Photon Counter (MPPC) from room to liquid nitrogen temperatures were studied.The gain,the noise rate and bias voltage of the MPPC as a function of temperature were obtained.The experimental results show that the MPPC can work at low temperatures.At nearly liquid nitrogen temperatures,the gain of the MPPC drops obviously to 35% and the bias voltage drops about 9 V compared with that at room temperature.The thermal noise rate from 106 Hz/mm at room temperature drops abruptly to 0 Hz/mm at -100 ℃.The optimized operation point can be acquired by the experiment.

  18. The Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Facility Project

    Chui, T.; Holmes, W.; Lai, A.; Croonquist, A.; Eraker, J.; Abbott, R.; Mills, G.; Mohl, J.; Craig, J.; Balachandra, B.; hide


    We describe the design and development of the Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Facility, which is intended to provide a unique environment of low temperature and microgravity for the scientists to perform breakthrough investigations on board the International Space Station.

  19. The Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Facility

    Pensinger, J. F.; Chui, T.; Croonquist, A.; Larson, M.; Liu, F.


    The Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Facility currently in the design phase is a multiple user and multiple flight facility intended to provide a long duration low temperature environment onboard the International Space Station.

  20. The Electromagnetic Mass Difference of Pions at Low Temperature

    Manuel, C


    We compute low temperature corrections to the electromagnetic mass difference of pions in the chiral limit. The computation is done in a model independent way in the framework of chiral perturbation theory, using the background field method and the hard thermal loop approximation. We also generalize at low temperature the sum rule of Das et al. We find that the mass difference between the charged and neutral pions decreases at low temperature $T$ with respect to the T=0 value. This is so in spite of the fact that charged particles always get a thermal correction to their masses of order $\\sim eT$, where $e$ is the gauge coupling constant. Our result can be understood as a consequence of the tendency towards chiral symmetry restoration at finite temperature.


    Harlan U. Anderson


    This project has three main goals: Thin Films Studies, Preparation of Graded Porous Substrates and Basic Electrical Characterization and Testing of Planar Single Cells. During this time period substantial progress has been made in developing low temperature deposition techniques to produce dense, nanocrystalline yttrium-stabilized zirconia films on both dense oxide and polymer substrates. Progress has been made in the preparation and characterization of thin electrolytes and porous LSM substrates. Both of these tasks are essentially on or ahead of schedule. In our proposal, we suggested that the ZrO{sub 2}/Sc system needed to be considered as a candidate as a thin electrolyte. This was because microcrystalline ZrO{sub 2}/Sc has a significantly higher ionic conductivity than YSZ, particularly at the lower temperatures. As a result, some 0.5 micron thick film of ZrO{sub 2}/16% Sc on an alumina substrate (grain size 20nm) was prepared and the electrical conductivity measured as a function of temperature and oxygen activity. The Sc doped ZrO{sub 2} certainly has a higher conductivity that either 20nm or 2400nm YSZ, however, electronic conductivity dominates the conductivity for oxygen activities below 10{sup -15}. Whereas for YSZ, electronic conductivity is not a problem until the oxygen activity decreases below 10{sup -25}. These initial results show that the ionic conductivity of 20nm YSZ and 20nm ZrO{sub 2}/16% Sc are essentially the same and the enhanced conductivity which is observed for Sc doping in microcrystalline specimens is not observed for the same composition when it is nanocrystalline. In addition they show that the electronic conductivity of Sc doped ZrO{sub 2} is at least two orders of magnitude higher than that observed for YSZ. The conclusion one reaches is that for 0.5 to 1 micron thick nanocrystalline films, Sc doping of ZrO{sub 2} has no benefits compared to YSZ. As a result, electrolyte films of ZrO{sub 2}/Sc should not be considered as candidates

  2. Material Properties at Low Temperature

    Duthil, P


    From ambient down to cryogenic temperatures, the behaviour of materials changes greatly. Mechanisms leading to variations in electrical, thermal, mechanical, and magnetic properties in pure metals, alloys, and insulators are briefly introduced from a general engineering standpoint. Data sets are provided for materials commonly used in cryogenic systems for design purposes.

  3. The Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Experiments Project

    Holmes, Warren; Lai, Anthony; Croonquist, Arvid; Chui, Talso; Eraker, J. H.; Abbott, Randy; Mills, Gary; Mohl, James; Craig, James; Balachandra, Balu; hide


    The Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Facility (LTMPF) is being developed by NASA to provide long duration low temperature and microgravity environment on the International Space Station (ISS) for performing fundamental physics investigations. Currently, six experiments have been selected for flight definition studies. More will be selected in a two-year cycle, through NASA Research Announcement. This program is managed under the Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Experiments Project Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The facility is being designed to launch and returned to earth on a variety of vehicles including the HII-A and the space shuttle. On orbit, the facility will be connected to the Exposed Facility on the Japanese Experiment Module, Kibo. Features of the facility include a cryostat capable of maintaining super-fluid helium at a temperature of 1.4 K for 5 months, resistance thermometer bridges, multi-stage thermal isolation system, thermometers capable of pico-Kelvin resolution, DC SQUID magnetometers, passive vibration isolation, and magnetic shields with a shielding factor of 80dB. The electronics and software architecture incorporates two VME buses run using the VxWorks operating system. Technically challenging areas in the design effort include the following: 1) A long cryogen life that survives several launch and test cycles without the need to replace support straps for the helium tank. 2) The minimization of heat generation in the sample stage caused by launch vibration 3) The design of compact and lightweight DC SQUID electronics. 4) The minimization of RF interference for the measurement of heat at pico-Watt level. 5) Light weighting of the magnetic shields. 6) Implementation of a modular and flexible electronics and software architecture. The first launch is scheduled for mid-2003, on an H-IIA Rocket Transfer Vehicle, out of the Tanegashima Space Center of Japan. Two identical facilities will be built. While one facility is onboard

  4. Low temperature friction force microscopy

    Dunckle, Christopher Gregory

    The application of friction force techniques within atomic force microscopy (AFM) allows for direct measurements of friction forces at a sliding, single-asperity interface. The temperature dependence of such single-asperity contacts provides key insight into the comparative importance of dissipative mechanisms that result in dry sliding friction. A variable temperature (VT), ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) AFM was used with an interface consisting of a diamond coated AFM tip and diamond-like carbon sample in a nominal sample temperature range of 90 to 275K. The results show that the coefficient of kinetic friction, mu k, has a linear dependence that is monotonically increasing with temperature varying from 0.28 to 0.38. To analyze this data it is necessary to correlate the sample temperature to the interface temperature. A detailed thermal model shows that the sample temperature measured by a macroscopic device can be very different from the temperature at the contact point. Temperature gradients intrinsic to the design of VT, UHV AFMs result in extreme, non-equilibrium conditions with heat fluxes on the order of gigawatts per squared meter through the interface, which produce a discontinuous step in the temperature profile due to thermal boundary impedance. The conclusion from this model is that measurements acquired by VT, UHV AFM, including those presented in this thesis, do not provide meaningful data on the temperature dependence of friction for single-asperities. Plans for future work developing an isothermal AFM capable of the same measurements without the introduction of temperature gradients are described. The experimental results and thermal analysis described in this thesis have been published in the Journal of Applied Physics, "Temperature dependence of single-asperity friction for a diamond on diamondlike carbon interface", J. App. Phys., 107(11):114903, 2010.

  5. Exergy and Energy Analysis of Low Temperature District Heating Network

    Li, Hongwei; Svendsen, Svend

    Low temperature district heating (LTDH) with reduced network supply and return temperature provides better match of the low quality building thermal demand and the low quality waste heat supply. In this paper, an exemplary LTDH network was designed for 30 low energy demand residential houses, which...... is in line with a pilot project that is carrying out in Denmark with network supply/return temperature at 55oC/25 oC. The consumer domestic hot water (DHW) demand is supplied with a special designed district heating (DH) storage tank. The space heating (SH) demand is supplied with a low temperature radiator...

  6. Efficient low-temperature thermophotovoltaic emitters from metallic photonic crystals.

    Nagpal, Prashant; Han, Sang Eon; Stein, Andreas; Norris, David J


    We examine the use of metallic photonic crystals as thermophotovoltaic emitters. We coat silica woodpile structures, created using direct laser writing, with tungsten or molybdenum. Optical reflectivity and thermal emission measurements near 650 degrees C demonstrate that the resulting structures should provide efficient emitters at relatively low temperatures. When matched to InGaAsSb photocells, our structures should generate over ten times more power than solid emitters while having an optical-to-electrical conversion efficiency above 32%. At such low temperatures, these emitters have promise not only in solar energy but also in harnessing geothermal and industrial waste heat.

  7. Heat Transfer and Cooling Techniques at Low Temperature

    Baudouy, B


    The first part of this chapter gives an introduction to heat transfer and cooling techniques at low temperature. We review the fundamental laws of heat transfer (conduction, convection and radiation) and give useful data specific to cryogenic conditions (thermal contact resistance, total emissivity of materials and heat transfer correlation in forced or boiling flow for example) used in the design of cooling systems. In the second part, we review the main cooling techniques at low temperature, with or without cryogen, from the simplest ones (bath cooling) to the ones involving the use of cryocoolers without forgetting the cooling flow techniques.

  8. Composite Materials for Low-Temperature Applications


    Composite materials with improved thermal conductivity and good mechanical strength properties should allow for the design and construction of more thermally efficient components (such as pipes and valves) for use in fluid-processing systems. These materials should have wide application in any number of systems, including ground support equipment (GSE), lunar systems, and flight hardware that need reduced heat transfer. Researchers from the Polymer Science and Technology Laboratory and the Cryogenics Laboratory at Kennedy Space Center were able to develop a new series of composite materials that can meet NASA's needs for lightweight materials/composites for use in fluid systems and also expand the plastic-additive markets. With respect to thermal conductivity and physical properties, these materials are excellent alternatives to prior composite materials and can be used in the aerospace, automotive, military, electronics, food-packaging, and textile markets. One specific application of the polymeric composition is for use in tanks, pipes, valves, structural supports, and components for hot or cold fluid-processing systems where heat flow through materials is a problem to be avoided. These materials can also substitute for metals in cryogenic and other low-temperature applications. These organic/inorganic polymeric composite materials were invented with significant reduction in heat transfer properties. Decreases of 20 to 50 percent in thermal conductivity versus that of the unmodified polymer matrix were measured. These novel composite materials also maintain mechanical properties of the unmodified polymer matrix. These composite materials consist of an inorganic additive combined with a thermoplastic polymer material. The intrinsic, low thermal conductivity of the additive is imparted into the thermoplastic, resulting in a significant reduction in heat transfer over that of the base polymer itself, yet maintaining most of the polymer's original properties. Normal

  9. Matter and Methods at Low Temperatures

    Pobell, F


    Matter and Methods at Low Temperatures contains a wealth of information essential for successful experiments at low temperatures, which makes it suitable as a reference and textbook. The first chapters describe the low-temperature properties of liquid and solid matter, including liquid helium. The major part of the book is devoted to refrigeration techniques and the physics on which they rely, the definition of temperature, thermometry, and a variety of design and construction techniques. The lively style and practical basis of this text make it easy to read and particularly useful to anyone beginning research in low-temperature physics. Low-temperature scientists will find it of great value due to its extensive compilation of materials data and relevant new results on refrigeration, thermometry, and materials properties. Problems are included as well. Furthermore, this third edition also describes newly developed low-temperature experimentation techniques and new materials properties; it also contains many a...

  10. Energy and exergy analysis of low temperature district heating network

    Li, Hongwei; Svendsen, Svend


    Low temperature district heating with reduced network supply and return temperature provides better match of the low quality building heating demand and the low quality heating supply from waste heat or renewable energy. In this paper, a hypothetical low temperature district heating network...... is designed to supply heating for 30 low energy detached residential houses. The network operational supply/return temperature is set as 55 °C/25 °C, which is in line with a pilot project carried out in Denmark. Two types of in-house substations are analyzed to supply the consumer domestic hot water demand....... The space heating demand is supplied through floor heating in the bathroom and low temperature radiators in the rest of rooms. The network thermal and hydraulic conditions are simulated under steady state. A district heating network design and simulation code is developed to incorporate the network...

  11. Low Temperature Induced Conformation Changes of Aminoacylase

    谢强; 孟凡国; 周海梦


    Control of aggregation, by lowering temperature and protein concentrations, can enhance the extent of successful refolding. The low temperature has been used in protein folding studies, as undesired aggregations often occur at higher temperatures. Therefore, it is very important to study the effects of low temperature on the native enzyme to help understand the factors that affect the structure of the proteins. In this paper, aminoacylase was studied at different temperatures by measuring enzyme activity, fluorescence emission spectra, and ultraviolet difference spectra. The results show that aminoacylase conformation changes as the temperature changes, becoming more compact at low temperatures, and having more secondary structural content. However, the activity is very low at low temperature, and totally diminishes at 4℃. Aminoacylase tends therefore to be more condense, with less residues exposed and low enzyme activities at low temperature. This observation might explain the self-protection of organisms under conditions of extreme temperature.

  12. Low-temperature phase transformation of CZTS thin films

    Zhao, Wei; Du, Lin-Yuan; Liu, Lin-Lin; Sun, Ya-Li; Liu, Zhi-Wei; Teng, Xiao-Yun; Xie, Juan; Liu, Kuang; Yu, Wei; Fu, Guang-Sheng; Gao, Chao


    The low temperature phase transformation in the Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) films was investigated by laser annealing and low temperature thermal annealing. The Raman measurements show that a-high-power laser annealing could cause a red shift of the Raman scattering peaks of the kesterite (KS) structure and promotes the formation of the partially disordered kesterite (PD-KS) structure in the CZTS films, and the low-temperature thermal annealing only shifts the Raman scattering peak of KS phase by several wavenumber to low frequency and the broads Raman peaks in the low frequency region. Moreover, the above two processes were reversible. The Raman analyses of the CZTS samples prepared under different process show that the PD-KS structure tends to be found at low temperatures and low sulfur vapor pressures. Our results reveal that the control of the phase structure in CZTS films is feasible by adjusting the preparation process of the films. Project supported by the Natural Science Foundation for Youth Fund of Hebei Province, China (Grant No. A2016201087), the Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (Grant No. 20131301120003), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11504078 and 61504054).

  13. Low temperature transport properties of pyrolytic graphite sheet

    Nakamura, Sachiko; Miyafuji, Daisuke; Fujii, Takenori; Matsui, Tomohiro; Fukuyama, Hiroshi


    We have made thermal and electrical transport measurements of uncompressed pyrolytic graphite sheet (uPGS), a mass-produced thin graphite sheet with various thicknesses between 10 and 100 μ m, at temperatures between 2 and 300 K. Compared to exfoliated graphite sheets like Grafoil, uPGS has much higher conductivities by an order of magnitude because of its high crystallinity confirmed by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. This material is advantageous as a thermal link of light weight in a wide temperature range particularly above 60 K where the thermal conductivity is much higher than common thermal conductors such as copper and aluminum alloys. We also found a general relationship between thermal and electrical conductivities in graphite-based materials which have highly anisotropic conductivities. This would be useful to estimate thermal conductance of a cryogenic part made of these materials from its electrical conductance more easily measurable at low temperature.

  14. Low-Temperature Power Electronics Program

    Patterson, Richard L.; Dickman, John E.; Hammoud, Ahmad; Gerber, Scott


    Many space and some terrestrial applications would benefit from the availability of low-temperature electronics. Exploration missions to the outer planets, Earth-orbiting and deep-space probes, and communications satellites are examples of space applications which operate in low-temperature environments. Space probes deployed near Pluto must operate in temperatures as low as -229 C. Figure 1 depicts the average temperature of a space probe warmed by the sun for various locations throughout the solar system. Terrestrial applications where components and systems must operate in low-temperature environments include cryogenic instrumentation, superconducting magnetic energy storage, magnetic levitation transportation system, and arctic exploration. The development of electrical power systems capable of extremely low-temperature operation represents a key element of some advanced space power systems. The Low-Temperature Power Electronics Program at NASA Lewis Research Center focuses on the design, fabrication, and characterization of low-temperature power systems and the development of supporting technologies for low-temperature operations such as dielectric and insulating materials, power components, optoelectronic components, and packaging and integration of devices, components, and systems.

  15. [Low temperature plasma technology for biomass refinery].

    Fu, Xiaoguo; Chen, Hongzhang


    Biorefinery that utilizes renewable biomass for production of fuels, chemicals and bio-materials has become more and more important in chemical industry. Recently, steam explosion technology, acid and alkali treatment are the main biorefinery treatment technologies. Meanwhile, low temperature plasma technology has attracted extensive attention in biomass refining process due to its unique chemical activity and high energy. We systemically summarize the research progress of low temperature plasma technology for pretreatment, sugar platflow, selective modification, liquefaction and gasification in biomass refinery. Moreover, the mechanism of low temperature plasma in biorefinery and its further development were also discussed.

  16. 应用于低温加热的肉豆蔻酸和硬脂酸共熔混合物的储热特性%Thermal Energy Storage Characteristics of Myristic and Stearic Acids Eutectic Mixture for Low Temperature Heating Applications


    Stearic acid (67.83℃) and myristic acid (52.32℃) have high melting temperatures that can limit their use as phase change material (PCM) in low temperature solar heating applications such as solar space and greenhouse heating in regard to climatic requirements. However, their melting temperatures can be adjusted to a suitable value by preparing a eutectic mixture of the myristic acid (MA) and the stearic acid (SA). In the present study, the thermal analysis based on differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) technique shows that the mixture of myristic acid (MA) and stearic acid (SA) in the respective composition (by mass) of 64% and 36% forms a eutectic mixture having melting temperature of 44.13℃ and the latent heat of fusion of 182.4J.g-1. The thermal energy storage characteristics of the MA-SA eutectic mixture filled in the annulus of two concentric pipes were also experimentally established. The heat recovery rate and heat charging/discharging fractions were determined with respect to the change in the mass flow rate and the inlet temperature of heat transfer fluid. Based on the results obtained by DSC analysis and by the heat charging/discharging processes of the PCM, it can be concluded that the MA-SA eutectic mixture is a potential material for low temperature thermal energy storage applications in terms of its thermo-physical and thermal characteristics.

  17. Industrial low temperature utilization of geothermal resources

    Howard, J.H.


    This brief presentation on industrial utilization of low temperature geothermal resources first considers an overview of what has been achieved in using geothermal resources in this way and, second, considers potential, future industrial applications.

  18. Low temperature synthesis of porous silicate ceramics

    Méndez Enríquez Y.; Vlasova M.; Leon I.; Kakazey M.G.; Dominguez-Patiño M.; Isaeva L.; Tomila T.


    Impregnation of a polyurethane sponge with kaolin, feldspar, silica, fusible glass slurry followed by temperature treatment in air in the temperature range 800-1000 0 C leads to the formation of aluminosilicate ceramics with a set pore size. The low-temperature synthesis of porous ceramics is based on the stage-by-stage formation of low-temperature eutectics and thermodestruction of polyurethane sponge.

  19. Low temperature synthesis of porous silicate ceramics

    Méndez Enríquez Y.


    Full Text Available Impregnation of a polyurethane sponge with kaolin, feldspar, silica, fusible glass slurry followed by temperature treatment in air in the temperature range 800-1000 0 C leads to the formation of aluminosilicate ceramics with a set pore size. The low-temperature synthesis of porous ceramics is based on the stage-by-stage formation of low-temperature eutectics and thermodestruction of polyurethane sponge.

  20. Low temperature plasma technology methods and applications

    Chu, Paul K


    Written by a team of pioneering scientists from around the world, Low Temperature Plasma Technology: Methods and Applications brings together recent technological advances and research in the rapidly growing field of low temperature plasmas. The book provides a comprehensive overview of related phenomena such as plasma bullets, plasma penetration into biofilms, discharge-mode transition of atmospheric pressure plasmas, and self-organization of microdischarges. It describes relevant technology and diagnostics, including nanosecond pulsed discharge, cavity ringdown spectroscopy, and laser-induce

  1. Electronics Demonstrated for Low- Temperature Operation

    Patterson, Richard L.; Hammond, Ahmad; Gerber, Scott S.


    The operation of electronic systems at cryogenic temperatures is anticipated for many NASA spacecraft, such as planetary explorers and deep space probes. For example, an unheated interplanetary probe launched to explore the rings of Saturn would experience an average temperature near Saturn of about 183 C. Electronics capable of low-temperature operation in the harsh deep space environment also would help improve circuit performance, increase system efficiency, and reduce payload development and launch costs. An ongoing research and development program on low-temperature electronics at the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field is focusing on the design of efficient power systems that can survive and exploit the advantages of low-temperature environments. The targeted systems, which are mission driven, include converters, inverters, controls, digital circuits, and special-purpose circuits. Initial development efforts successfully demonstrated the low-temperature operation and cold-restart of several direct-current/direct-current (dc/dc) converters based on different types of circuit design, some with superconducting inductors. The table lists some of these dc/dc converters with their properties, and the photograph shows a high-voltage, high-power dc/dc converter designed for an ion propulsion system for low-temperature operation. The development efforts of advanced electronic systems and the supporting technologies for low-temperature operation are being carried out in-house and through collaboration with other Government agencies, industry, and academia. The Low Temperature Electronics Program supports missions and development programs at NASA s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Goddard Space Flight Center. The developed technologies will be transferred to commercial end users for applications such as satellite infrared sensors and medical diagnostic equipment.

  2. QTL analysis of rice low temperature germinability


    A double haploid population, derived from anther culture of F1 hybrid between a typical indica and a japonica (ZYQ8/JX17), has been used to investigate the low temperature germinability (LTG) at 15C. The low temperature germinability of two parents was significantly different.In 6-11 d, the germination percentage of ZYQ8 was higher than that of JX17. In 12-16 d, the germination percentage of JX17 was higher than that of ZYQ8. The quantitative trait loci (QTLs) of every day for low temperature germinability have been mapped based on a molecular linkage map constructed from this population. In 8-11 d, qLTG-9 was identiffed in C397B-RZ617B on chromosome 9, the additive effect was positive, showing that the allele from JX17 could increase low temperature germinability. In 12-16 d, qLTG4 was mapped between RG908 and CT563 on chromosome 4,the additive effect was negative, showing that the allele from ZYQ8 could increase low temperature germinability. These two QTLs were detected at different stages, showing the complexity of the mechanism of iow temperature germinability.

  3. Advanced Low Temperature Geothermal Power Cycles (The ENTIV Organic Project) Final Report

    Mugerwa, Michael [Technip USA, Inc., Claremont, CA (United States)


    Feasibility study of advanced low temperature thermal power cycles for the Entiv Organic Project. Study evaluates amonia-water mixed working fluid energy conversion processes developed and licensed under Kalex in comparison with Kalina cycles. Both cycles are developed using low temperature thermal resource from the Lower Klamath Lake Geothermal Area. An economic feasibility evaluation was conducted for a pilot plant which was deemed unfeasible by the Project Sponsor (Entiv).

  4. Kinetics and spectroscopy of low temperature plasmas

    Loureiro, Jorge


    This is a comprehensive textbook designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Both authors rely on more than 20 years of teaching experience in renowned Physics Engineering courses to write this book addressing the students’ needs. Kinetics and Spectroscopy of Low Temperature Plasmas derives in a full self-consistent way the electron kinetic theory used to describe low temperature plasmas created in the laboratory with an electrical discharge, and presents the main optical spectroscopic diagnostics used to characterize such plasmas. The chapters with the theoretical contents make use of a deductive approach in which the electron kinetic theory applied to plasmas with basis on the electron Boltzmann equation is derived from the basic concepts of Statistical and Plasma Physics. On the other hand, the main optical spectroscopy diagnostics used to characterize experimentally such plasmas are presented and justified from the point of view of the Atomic and Molecular Physics. Low temperature plasmas...

  5. Basics of Low-temperature Refrigeration

    Alekseev, A


    This chapter gives an overview of the principles of low temperature refrigeration and the thermodynamics behind it. Basic cryogenic processes - Joule-Thomoson process, Brayton process as well as Claude process - are described and compared. A typical helium laboratory refrigerator based on Claude process is used as a typical example of a low-temperature refrigeration system. A description of the hardware components for helium liquefaction is an important part of this paper, because the design of the main hardware components (compressors, turbines, heat exchangers, pumps, adsorbers, etc.) provides the input for cost calculation, as well as enables to estimate the reliability of the plant and the maintenance expenses. All these numbers are necessary to calculate the economics of a low temperature application.

  6. Low Temperature Heat Capacity of a Severely Deformed Metallic Glass

    Bünz, Jonas; Brink, Tobias; Tsuchiya, Koichi; Meng, Fanqiang; Wilde, Gerhard; Albe, Karsten


    The low temperature heat capacity of amorphous materials reveals a low-frequency enhancement (boson peak) of the vibrational density of states, as compared with the Debye law. By measuring the low-temperature heat capacity of a Zr-based bulk metallic glass relative to a crystalline reference state, we show that the heat capacity of the glass is strongly enhanced after severe plastic deformation by high-pressure torsion, while subsequent thermal annealing at elevated temperatures leads to a significant reduction. The detailed analysis of corresponding molecular dynamics simulations of an amorphous Zr-Cu glass shows that the change in heat capacity is primarily due to enhanced low-frequency modes within the shear band region.

  7. Mesoscopic near-field radiative heat transfer at low temperatures

    Maasilta, Ilari; Geng, Zhuoran; Chaudhuri, Saumyadip; Koppinen, Panu


    Near-field radiative heat transfer has mostly been discussed at room temperatures and/or macroscopic scale geometries. Here, we discuss our recent theoretical and experimental advances in understanding near-field transfer at ultra-low temperatures below 1K. As the thermal wavelengths increase with lowering temperature, we show that with sensitive tunnel junction bolometers it is possible to study near-field transfer up to distances ~ 10 μm currently, even though the power levels are low. In addition, these type of experiments correspond to the extreme near-field limit, as the near-field region starts at ~ mm distances at 0.1 K, and could have theoretical power enhancement factors of the order of 1010. Preliminary results on heat transfer between two parallel metallic wires are presented. We also comment on possible areas were such heat transfer might be relevant, such as densely packed arrays of low-temperature detectors.

  8. Calorimetric Measurements at Low Temperatures in Toluene Glass and Crystal

    Alvarez-Ney, C.; Labarga, J.; Moratalla, M.; Castilla, J. M.; Ramos, M. A.


    The specific heat of toluene in glass and crystal states has been measured both at low temperatures down to 1.8 K (using the thermal relaxation method) and in a wide temperature range up to the liquid state (using a quasiadiabatic continuous method). Our measurements therefore extend earlier published data to much lower temperatures, thereby allowing to explore the low-temperature "glassy anomalies" in the case of toluene. Surprisingly, no indication of the existence of tunneling states is found, at least within the temperature range studied. At moderate temperatures, our data either for the glass or for the crystal show good agreement with those found in the literature. Also, we have been able to prepare bulk samples of toluene glass by only doping with 2% mol ethanol instead of with higher impurity doses used by other authors.

  9. Low temperature monitoring system for subsurface barriers

    Vinegar, Harold J.; McKinzie, II. Billy John


    A system for monitoring temperature of a subsurface low temperature zone is described. The system includes a plurality of freeze wells configured to form the low temperature zone, one or more lasers, and a fiber optic cable coupled to at least one laser. A portion of the fiber optic cable is positioned in at least one freeze well. At least one laser is configured to transmit light pulses into a first end of the fiber optic cable. An analyzer is coupled to the fiber optic cable. The analyzer is configured to receive return signals from the light pulses.

  10. Materials for low-temperature fuel cells

    Ladewig, Bradley; Yan, Yushan; Lu, Max


    There are a large number of books available on fuel cells; however, the majority are on specific types of fuel cells such as solid oxide fuel cells, proton exchange membrane fuel cells, or on specific technical aspects of fuel cells, e.g., the system or stack engineering. Thus, there is a need for a book focused on materials requirements in fuel cells. Key Materials in Low-Temperature Fuel Cells is a concise source of the most important and key materials and catalysts in low-temperature fuel cells. A related book will cover key materials in high-temperature fuel cells. The two books form part

  11. Low temperature anodic bonding to silicon nitride

    Weichel, Steen; Reus, Roger De; Bouaidat, Salim;


    Low-temperature anodic bonding to stoichiometric silicon nitride surfaces has been performed in the temperature range from 3508C to 4008C. It is shown that the bonding is improved considerably if the nitride surfaces are either oxidized or exposed to an oxygen plasma prior to the bonding. Both bulk...

  12. Design trends in low temperature gas processing

    White, W.E.; Battershell, D.D.


    The following basic trends reflected in recent design of low-temperature gas processing are discussed: (1) higher recovery levels of light hydrocarbon products; (2) lower process temperatures and lighter absorption oils; (3) increased thermodynamic efficiencies; (4) automation; (5) single rather than multiple units; and (6) prefabrication and preassembly of the operating unit.

  13. Induction methods used in low temperature physics

    van de Klundert, L.J.M.; de Rooij, C.; Caspari, M.; van der Marel, L.C.


    A study has been made of induction bridges used in low temperature physics. In Part 1 the design of a mutual inductance bridge of the Hartshorn type is discussed. This design is based on a critical analysis of impurity effects of the different parts of the Hartshorn bridge. With this equipment

  14. Industrial Applications of Low Temperature Plasmas

    Bardsley, J N


    The use of low temperature plasmas in industry is illustrated by the discussion of four applications, to lighting, displays, semiconductor manufacturing and pollution control. The type of plasma required for each application is described and typical materials are identified. The need to understand radical formation, ionization and metastable excitation within the discharge and the importance of surface reactions are stressed.

  15. Fuzzy Logic Controller for Low Temperature Application

    Hahn, Inseob; Gonzalez, A.; Barmatz, M.


    The most common temperature controller used in low temperature experiments is the proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller due to its simplicity and robustness. However, the performance of temperature regulation using the PID controller depends on initial parameter setup, which often requires operator's expert knowledge on the system. In this paper, we present a computer-assisted temperature controller based on the well known.

  16. Ag-Cu合金纳米颗粒的低温合成与热学性能%Low temperature synthesis and thermal properties of Ag-Cu alloy nanoparticles



    采用一种简单的低温化学还原方法,在水溶液中利用NaBH4作为还原剂还原醋酸或硫酸铜,制备了Ag-Cu纳米颗粒.反应过程中通入氮气来防止生成的合金被氧化.采用XRD、紫外-可见光谱、颗粒尺寸测试、EDS分析、TG-DTA分析和SEM观察等手段来表征合成的Ag-Cu纳米颗粒.XRD分析表明,所合成的Ag-Cu纳米颗粒的晶粒尺寸为15nm左右.紫外-可见光谱分析证实了纳米颗粒的生成.EDS分析表明,样品中存在Ag和Cu.SEM观察表明,所制备的样品的平均晶粒尺寸为40 nm.TG-DTA研究表明,合金的熔点与颗粒尺寸有关.%Ag-Cu alloy nanoparticles were synthesized by simple low temperature chemical reduction method using metal salts (acetate/sulphates) in aqueous solution with sodium borohydride as reducing agent.The chemical reduction was carried out in the presence of nitrogen gas in order to prevent the oxidation of copper during the reaction process.The alloy nanoparticles were characterized by XRD,UV-Vis,particle size analysis,EDS,TG-DTA and SEM analysis.From the XRD analysis,the crystallite sizes of the prepared samples were calculated using Scherrer formula and the values were found to be in the range of 15 nm.UV-Vis studies conform the formation of alloy nanoparticles.EDS analysis shows the presence of silver and copper in the samples.The SEM observation reveals that the samples consist of grains with average grain size up to 40 nm,and the particle size dependant melting point was studied by TG-DTA.

  17. Low-temperature heat capacities of CaAl2SiO6 glass and pyroxene and thermal expansion of CaAl2SiO6 pyroxene.

    Haselton, H.T.; Hemingway, B.S.; Robie, R.A.


    Low-T heat capacities (5-380 K) have been measured by adiabatic calorimetry for synthetic CaAl2SiO6 glass and pyroxene. High-T unit cell parameters were measured for CaAl2SiO6 pyroxene by means of a Nonius Guinier-Lenne powder camera in order to determine the mean coefficient of thermal expansion in the T range 25-1200oC. -J.A.Z.

  18. Low-temperature photoluminescence in self-assembled diphenylalanine microtubes

    Nikitin, T. [Institute of Natural Sciences, Ural Federal University, 620000 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Kopyl, S. [Physics Department & CICECO – Materials Institute of Aveiro, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Shur, V.Ya. [Institute of Natural Sciences, Ural Federal University, 620000 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Kopelevich, Y.V., E-mail: [Instituto de Fisica, UNICAMP, Campinas, São Paulo 13083-859 (Brazil); Kholkin, A.L., E-mail: [Institute of Natural Sciences, Ural Federal University, 620000 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Physics Department & CICECO – Materials Institute of Aveiro, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal)


    Bioinspired self-assembled structures are increasingly important for a variety of applications ranging from drug delivery to electronic and energy harvesting devices. An important class of these structures is diphenylalanine microtubes which are potentially important for optical applications including light emitting diodes and optical biomarkers. In this work we present the data on their photoluminescent properties at low temperatures (down to 12 K) and discuss the origin of the emission in the near ultraviolet (UV) range seen earlier in a number of reports. UV luminescence increases with decreasing temperature and exhibits several equidistant lines that are assigned to zero-phonon exciton emission line and its phonon replicas. We infer that the exciton is localized on the defect sites and significant luminescence decay is due to thermal quenching arising from the carrier excitation from these defects and non-radiative recombination. - Highlights: • Low-temperature luminescence is studied in bioinspired self-assembled FF peptide microtubes. • The mechanism of the optical emission is assigned to the luminescence of excitonic states localized at defects. • Luminescence in FF microtubes can be used as an absolute temperature probe at low temperature.

  19. Analysis of Low-Temperature Utilization of Geothermal Resources

    Anderson, Brian


    Full realization of the potential of what might be considered “low-grade” geothermal resources will require that we examine many more uses for the heat than traditional electricity generation. To demonstrate that geothermal energy truly has the potential to be a national energy source we will be designing, assessing, and evaluating innovative uses for geothermal-produced water such as hybrid biomass-geothermal cogeneration of electricity and district heating and efficiency improvements to the use of cellulosic biomass in addition to utilization of geothermal in district heating for community redevelopment projects. The objectives of this project were: 1) to perform a techno-economic analysis of the integration and utilization potential of low-temperature geothermal sources. Innovative uses of low-enthalpy geothermal water were designed and examined for their ability to offset fossil fuels and decrease CO2 emissions. 2) To perform process optimizations and economic analyses of processes that can utilize low-temperature geothermal fluids. These processes included electricity generation using biomass and district heating systems. 3) To scale up and generalize the results of three case study locations to develop a regionalized model of the utilization of low-temperature geothermal resources. A national-level, GIS-based, low-temperature geothermal resource supply model was developed and used to develop a series of national supply curves. We performed an in-depth analysis of the low-temperature geothermal resources that dominate the eastern half of the United States. The final products of this study include 17 publications, an updated version of the cost estimation software GEOPHIRES, and direct-use supply curves for low-temperature utilization of geothermal resources. The supply curves for direct use geothermal include utilization from known hydrothermal, undiscovered hydrothermal, and near-hydrothermal EGS resources and presented these results at the Stanford

  20. Low temperature solid-state synthesis of nanocrystalline gallium nitride

    Wang, Liangbiao, E-mail: [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Science at Microscale and Department of Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Shi, Liang; Li, Qianwen; Si, Lulu; Zhu, Yongchun; Qian, Yitai [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Science at Microscale and Department of Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China)


    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► GaN nanocrystalline was prepared via a solid-state reacion at relatively low temperature. ► The sizes and crystallinities of the GaN samples obtained at the different temperatures are investigated. ► The GaN sample has oxidation resistance and good thermal stability below 1000 °C. -- Abstract: Nanocrystalline gallium nitride was synthesized by a solid-state reaction of metallic magnesium powder, gallium sesquioxide and sodium amide in a stainless steel autoclave at a relatively low temperature (400–550 °C). The structures and morphologies of the obtained products were derived from X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). XRD patterns indicated that the products were hexagonal GaN (JCPDS card no. 76-0703). The influence of reaction temperature on size of the products was studied by XRD and TEM. Furthermore, the thermal stability and oxidation resistance of the nanocrystalline GaN were also investigated. It had good thermal stability and oxidation resistance below 800 °C in air.

  1. Low-temperature synthesis of ZnO nanonails

    Song, Xubo; Zhang, Yaohua; Zheng, Jie; Li, Xingguo


    Wurtzite ZnO nanonails on silicon substrate were successfully synthesized by thermal vapor transport and condensation method at a low temperature without a metal catalyst. Pure Zn powders were used as raw material and O2/Ar powders as source gas. The products were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The results show that the deposited nanostructures include aligned ZnO nanonails. The ZnO nanonails, with crystalline cap and small-diameter shafts, grow along the c-axis. The optical properties have been revealed by photoluminescence spectra. We considered that the ZnO nanonails growth is a vapor solid process.

  2. Difusividade térmica aparente de sementes de cajá em temperaturas acima do congelamento até ultrabaixas temperaturas Apparent thermal diffusivity of caja seeds in above freezing to ultra low temperatures

    Marcos J. de A. Gama


    Full Text Available O objetivo do trabalho foi determinar a difusividade térmica aparente de sementes de cajá avaliando o efeito da variação do teor de água e da temperatura e ajustar diferentes modelos matemáticos aos valores experimentais. Sementes com a faixa de teor de água de 6,05 a 61,84% (b.u. foram submetidas a secagem e à temperatura de 40 ºC. A redução do teor de água ao longo da secagem foi acompanhada pelo método gravimétrico (perda de massa enquanto a difusividade térmica aparente da semente de cajá foi determinada pelo método de Dickerson. Concluiu-se que a difusividade térmica aparente, em temperatura acima do congelamento e em ultrabaixas temperaturas em função do teor de água (b.u, podem ser representados satisfatoriamente por um modelo de regressão linear e que o valor da difusividade térmica aparente aumenta exponencialmente com o aumento da temperatura.The aim of this study was to determine experimentally the apparent thermal diffusivity caja seeds, evaluating the effect of variation of water content and temperature and adjust different mathematical models to experimental values. Seeds with the range of water content from 6.05 to 61.84% (wb subjected to drying at a temperature of 40 ºC were studied. The reduction of water content during drying was monitored by gravimetric method (weight loss. The apparent thermal diffusivity of caja seed was determined by the method of Dickerson. It was concluded that the apparent thermal diffusivity in temperature above freezing and ultralow temperatures as a function of water content (wb, can be satisfactorily represented by a linear regression model and that value of the apparent thermal diffusivity increases exponentially with increasing temperature.

  3. A catalyst-free synthesis of germanium nanowires obtained by combined X-ray chemical vapour deposition of GeH$_4$ and low-temperature thermal treatment techniques



    A catalyst-free innovative synthesis, by combined X-ray chemical vapour deposition and lowtemperature thermal treatments, which has not been applied since so far to the growth of germanium nanowires (Ge-NWs), produced high yields of the nanoproducts with theGeH4 reactant gas. Nanowires were grown on both surfaces of a conventional deposition quartz substrate. They were featured with high purity and very large aspect ratios (ranging from 100 to 500). Products were characterized by scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersiveatomic X-ray fluorescence and transmission electron microscopies, X-ray powder diffraction diffractometry, thermogravimetric analysis with differential scanning calorimetry, vibrational infrared and Raman and ultraviolet–visible–near infrared spectroscopies. A quantitative nanowire bundles formation was observed in the lower surface of the quartz substrate positioned over a heating support, whilst spots of nanoflowers constituted by Ge-NWs emerged from a bulk amorphous germanium film matter, deposited on the upper surface of the substrate. Thenanoproducts were characterized by crystalline core morphology, providing semiconductive features and optical band gap of about 0.67 eV. The possible interpretative base-growth mechanisms of the nanowires, stimulated bythe concomitant application of radiant and thermal conditions with no specific added metal catalyst, are hereafter investigated and presented.

  4. Preparation of poly(vinyl alcohol)-grafted graphene oxide/poly(vinyl alcohol) nanocomposites via in-situ low-temperature emulsion polymerization and their thermal and mechanical characterization

    Zhang, Shengchang; Liu, Pengqing; Zhao, Xiangsen; Xu, Jianjun


    An in-situ polymerization combined with chemical grafting modification method for preparing Poly(vinyl alcohol)-grafted graphene oxide/Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA-g-GO/PVA) nanocomposites was reported. Firstly, Poly(vinyl acetate)-grafted graphene oxide/Poly(vinyl acetate) nanocomposites were prepared, and then the PVA-g-GO/PVA nanocomposites could be obtained through alcoholysis reaction. X-ray photoelectron spectrometer and fourier-transform infrared spectrometer confirmed that the PVAc or PVA chains were successfully grafted to GO sheets during in-situ polymerization and alcoholysis. And the results from transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction showed that the well compatibility and homogenous dispersion of PVA-g-GO in PVA matrix could be achieved. Differential scanning calorimetric, thermogravimetry analysis and tensile test were employed to study the thermal and mechanical properties of the PVA-g-GO/PVA nanocomposites. The results indicated that a 53% improvement of tensile strength and a 36% improvement of Young's modulus were achieved by addition of 0.5 wt% of GO sheets. And the glass transition temperature of PVA-g-GO/PVA nanocomposites was increased, and their thermal stability and crystallization degree were both decreased. Due to well dispersion of fillers and strong interfacial interactions at the filler-matrix interface, in-situ polymerization combined with chemical grafting modification was a good choice to prepare graphene/PVA nanocomposite with excellent mechanical properties.

  5. Mayer and virial series at low temperature

    Jansen, Sabine


    We analyze the Mayer pressure-activity and virial pressure-density series for a classical system of particles in continuous configuration space at low temperature. Particles interact via a finite range potential with an attractive tail. We propose physical interpretations of the Mayer and virial series' radius of convergence, valid independently of the question of phase transition: the Mayer radius corresponds to a fast increase from very small to finite density, and the virial radius corresponds to a cross-over from monatomic to polyatomic gas. Our results have consequences for the search of a low density, low temperature solid-gas phase transition, consistent with the Lee-Yang theorem for lattice gases and with the continuum Widom-Rowlinson model.

  6. Manufacturing Demonstration Facility: Low Temperature Materials Synthesis

    Graham, David E. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Moon, Ji-Won [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Armstrong, Beth L. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Datskos, Panos G. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Duty, Chad E. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Gresback, Ryan [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Ivanov, Ilia N. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Jacobs, Christopher B. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Jellison, Gerald Earle [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Jang, Gyoung Gug [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Joshi, Pooran C. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Jung, Hyunsung [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Meyer, III, Harry M. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Phelps, Tommy [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)


    The Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) low temperature materials synthesis project was established to demonstrate a scalable and sustainable process to produce nanoparticles (NPs) for advanced manufacturing. Previous methods to chemically synthesize NPs typically required expensive, high-purity inorganic chemical reagents, organic solvents and high temperatures. These processes were typically applied at small laboratory scales at yields sufficient for NP characterization, but insufficient to support roll-to-roll processing efforts or device fabrication. The new NanoFermentation processes described here operated at a low temperature (~60 C) in low-cost, aqueous media using bacteria that produce extracellular NPs with controlled size and elemental stoichiometry. Up-scaling activities successfully demonstrated high NP yields and quality in a 900-L pilot-scale reactor, establishing this NanoFermentation process as a competitive biomanufacturing strategy to produce NPs for advanced manufacturing of power electronics, solid-state lighting and sensors.

  7. Low-temperature sterilization and new technologies.

    Goveia, Vania Regina; Pinheiro, Silma Maria Cunha; Graziano, Kazuko Uchikawa


    The new low-temperature sterilization technologies are presented as an alternative to the use of ethylene oxide. This review was performed in order to identify evidences of the antimicrobial activity, toxicity, adverse events and the applicability of these technologies. The research was carried through the electronic databases MEDLINE and LILACS up to 2005. The authors analyzed 10 articles in this survey. The studies about the efficacy of these sterilization methods constitute experimental and comparative research that showed the influence of the extension and diameter of the lumen, besides the presence of crystal salts. Thus, choosing the correct equipment is essential, as well as the assurance of the cleansing of the devices, which interfere with the effectiveness of the low-temperature sterilization. These technologies present limitations regarding the sterilization of graft bone and affect the materials properties.

  8. Peltier effect for producing low temperatures

    Hamerak, K.


    In connection with the technically extremely difficult and exacting problems of space travel, years ago in the United States the urgent demand for extremely space-saving and at the same time extremely reliable systems for producing continuously variable low temperatures came up. Neither then nor today the set task could be satisfactorily solved using the usual procedures of low-temperature-technology. Looking for a suitable heat pump the engineers came across a physical phenomenon known for more than 130 years: the Peltier effect. In contrast to conventional thermodynamic heat pumps, cooling or heating can be achieved by means of thermoelectric arrangeemnts based on the Peltier effect and depending on the direction of current. The Peltier cells combine a high reliability of functions with small dimensions since they have no system components in motion.

  9. Minimizing material damage using low temperature irradiation

    Craven, E.; Hasanain, F.; Winters, M.


    Scientific advancements in healthcare driven both by technological breakthroughs and an aging and increasingly obese population have lead to a changing medical device market. Complex products and devices are being developed to meet the demands of leading edge medical procedures. Specialized materials in these medical devices, including pharmaceuticals and biologics as well as exotic polymers present a challenge for radiation sterilization as many of these components cannot withstand conventional irradiation methods. The irradiation of materials at dry ice temperatures has emerged as a technique that can be used to decrease the radiation sensitivity of materials. The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of low temperature irradiation on a variety of polymer materials, and over a range of temperatures from 0 °C down to -80 °C. The effectiveness of microbial kill is also investigated under each of these conditions. The results of the study show that the effect of low temperature irradiation is material dependent and can alter the balance between crosslinking and chain scission of the polymer. Low temperatures also increase the dose required to achieve an equivalent microbiological kill, therefore dose setting exercises must be performed under the environmental conditions of use.

  10. Computational Chemistry of Cyclopentane Low Temperature Oxidation

    El Rachidi, Mariam


    Cycloalkanes are significant constituents of conventional fossil fuels, but little is known concerning their combustion chemistry and kinetics, particularly at low temperatures. This study investigates the pressure dependent kinetics of several reactions occurring during low-temperature cyclopentane combustion using theoretical chemical kinetics. The reaction pathways of the cyclopentyl + O2 adduct is traced to alkylhydroperoxide, cyclic ether, β-scission and HO2 elimination products. The calculations are carried out at the UCCSD(T)-F12b/cc-pVTZ-F12//M06-2X/6-311++G(d,p) level of theory. The barrierless entrance channel is treated using variable-reaction-coordinate transition state theory (VRC-TST) at the CASPT2(7e,6o) level of theory, including basis set, geometry relaxation and ZPE corrections. 1-D time-dependent multiwell master equation analysis is used to determine pressure-and temperature-dependent rate parameters of all investigated reactions. Tunneling corrections are included using Eckart barriers. Comparison with cyclohexane is used to elucidate the effect of ring size on the low temperature reactivity of naphthenes. The rate coefficients reported herein are suitable for use in cyclopentane and methylcyclopentane combustion models, even below ~900 K, where ignition is particularly sensitive to these pressure-dependent values.

  11. Experimental study of indoor thermal environment and ventilation effectiveness in a room with low temperature radiant floor heating system and ventilation systems%低温辐射地板供暖与供新风室内热环境及通风效率实验研究

    吴小舟; 赵加宁; 王沣浩


    Experimentally studies indoor thermal environment parameter distribution and ventilation effectiveness in a room with low temperature radiant floor heating system combined with mixing ventilation system or displacement ventilation system.The results show that when radiant floor surface temperature ranges from 25 ℃ to 29 ℃,supply air temperature ranges from 15 ℃ to 19 ℃ and outdoor air change rate is 4.2 h-1 ,the distribution of indoor thermal environmental parameter is relatively uniform,the indoor vertical air temperature difference is less than 1 ℃ and ventilation effectiveness is approximately 1.0 when the low temperature radiant floor heating system is integrated with mixing ventilation system.The distribution of indoor thermal environmental parameter is relatively non-uniform,the indoor vertical air temperature difference is large and up to 4 ℃ and ventilation effectiveness is approximately 1.1 when low temperature radiant floor heating system is integrated with displacement ventilation system.%实验研究了低温辐射地板供暖系统分别与混合通风系统和置换通风系统复合时,办公房间室内热环境参数分布及新风系统的通风效率。结果表明:当辐射地板表面温度为25~29℃、送风温度为15~19℃及新风换气次数为4.2 h-1时,低温辐射地板供暖与混合通风复合室内热环境参数分布相对比较均匀,室内空气垂直温差较小,不超过1℃,新风系统的通风效率大约为1.0;与置换通风复合室内热环境参数分布相对比较不均匀,室内空气垂直温差较大,最大能达到4℃,新风系统的通风效率为1.1左右。

  12. Hot wire/film behavior in low-temperature gases

    Kwack, E. Y.; Shakkottai, P.; Luchik, T. S.; Aaron, K. M.; Fabris, G.; Back, L. H.


    Commercially available hot wires/films were used to measure the velocities of evaporated hydrogen or helium gas during cryogenic mixing experiments. Hot wires were found to be too delicate to use in this harsh environment. Hot films were rugged enough to use at cryogenic temperatures even though they failed after a number of thermal cycles. Since the hot films have small aspect ratios, 13.4 and 20, they are quite sensitive to the thermal loading, Tw/Tg, even with a correction for the conduction end loss. In general, although the increase of the Nusselt number with Reynolds number at low temperatures was similar to that at room temperature, there was also a pronounced variation with Tw/Tg over the large range of 1.2 to 12 investigated.

  13. The HD+ dissociative recombination rate coefficient at low temperature

    Wolf A.


    Full Text Available The effect of the rotational temperature of the ions is considered for low-energy dissociative recombination (DR of HD+. Merged beams measurements with HD+ ions of a rotational temperature near 300 K are compared to multichannel quantum defect theory calculations. The thermal DR rate coefficient for a Maxwellian electron velocity distribution is derived from the merged-beams data and compared to theoretical results for a range of rotational temperatures. Good agreement is found for the theory with 300 K rotational temperature. For a low-temperature plasma environment where also the rotational temperature assumes 10 K, theory predicts a considerably higher thermal DR rate coefficient. The origin of this is traced to predicted resonant structures of the collision-energy dependent DR cross section at few-meV collision energies for the particular case of HD+ ions in the rotational ground state.

  14. Low Temperature Heating and High Temperature Cooling in Buildings

    Kazanci, Ongun Berk

    , a single-family house designed for plus-energy targets and equipped with a radiant water-based floor heating and cooling system was studied by means of full-scale measurements, dynamic building simulations and thermodynamic evaluation tools. Thermal indoor environment and energy performance of the house...... performance of heating and cooling systems for achieving the same thermal indoor environment. The results show that it is crucial to minimize the heating and cooling demands in the design phase since these demands determine the terminal units and heat sources and sinks that could be used. Low temperature...... heating and high temperature cooling systems (a radiant water-based floor heating and cooling system in this study) proved to be superior to compared systems, evaluated with different system analysis tools; energy, exergy, and entransy. Radiant systems should be coupled to appropriate heating and cooling...

  15. Destruction of low-temperature insulation under the condition of periodic duty

    Polovnikov Vyacheslav Yu.


    Full Text Available The numerical investigation of thermal stresses within low-temperature insulation covering cryogenic pipelines and the numerical probability analysis of low-temperature insulation destruction under the condition of periodic duty were carried out. The minimal longevity values for foamed polyurethane and mineral cotton were established. The results of longevity analysis for foamed polyurethane and mineral cotton under the condition of environment temperature variation were obtained.

  16. Metathesis in the generation of low-temperature gas in marine shales

    Jarvie Daniel M; Mango Frank D


    Abstract The recent report of low-temperature catalytic gas from marine shales took on additional significance with the subsequent disclosure of natural gas and low-temperature gas at or near thermodynamic equilibrium in methane, ethane, and propane. It is important because thermal cracking, the presumed source of natural gas, cannot generate these hydrocarbons at equilibrium nor can it bring them to equilibrium over geologic time. The source of equilibrium and the source of natural gas are e...

  17. Low temperature photoresponse of monolayer tungsten disulphide

    Bingchen Cao


    Full Text Available High photoresponse can be achieved in monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides. However, the response times are inconveniently limited by defects. Here, we report low temperature photoresponse of monolayer tungsten disulphide prepared by exfoliation and chemical vapour deposition (CVD method. The exfoliated device exhibits n-type behaviour; while the CVD device exhibits intrinsic behaviour. In off state, the CVD device has four times larger ratio of photoresponse for laser on/off and photoresponse decay–rise times are 0.1 s (limited by our setup, while the exfoliated device has few seconds. These findings are discussed in terms of charge trapping and localization.

  18. Mechanism of bacterial adaptation to low temperature

    M K Chattopadhyay


    Survival of bacteria at low temperatures provokes scientific interest because of several reasons. Investigations in this area promise insight into one of the mysteries of life science – namely, how the machinery of life operates at extreme environments. Knowledge obtained from these studies is likely to be useful in controlling pathogenic bacteria, which survive and thrive in cold-stored food materials. The outcome of these studies may also help us to explore the possibilities of existence of life in distant frozen planets and their satellites.

  19. Low temperature waste form process intensification

    Fox, K. M. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Cozzi, A. D. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Hansen, E. K. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Hill, K. A. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)


    This study successfully demonstrated process intensification of low temperature waste form production. Modifications were made to the dry blend composition to enable a 50% increase in waste concentration, thus allowing for a significant reduction in disposal volume and associated costs. Properties measurements showed that the advanced waste form can be produced using existing equipment and processes. Performance of the waste form was equivalent or better than the current baseline, with approximately double the amount of waste incorporation. The results demonstrate the feasibility of significantly accelerating low level waste immobilization missions across the DOE complex and at environmental remediation sites worldwide.

  20. Investigations of Low Temperature Time Dependent Cracking

    Van der Sluys, W A; Robitz, E S; Young, B A; Bloom, J


    The objective of this project was to investigate metallurgical and mechanical phenomena associated with time dependent cracking of cold bent carbon steel piping at temperatures between 327 C and 360 C. Boiler piping failures have demonstrated that understanding the fundamental metallurgical and mechanical parameters controlling these failures is insufficient to eliminate it from the field. The results of the project consisted of the development of a testing methodology to reproduce low temperature time dependent cracking in laboratory specimens. This methodology was used to evaluate the cracking resistance of candidate heats in order to identify the factors that enhance cracking sensitivity. The resultant data was integrated into current available life prediction tools.

  1. Low temperature vibrational spectroscopy. I. Hexachlorotellurates

    Berg, Rolf W.; Poulsen, Finn Willy; Bjerrum, Niels


    frequency lattice modes were observed and interpreted in terms of a phase transition near 165 K, similar to transitions in other K2[MX6] salts. The cubic tetramethylammonium hexachlorotellurate salt undergoes a phase transition of supposed first order at a temperature near 110 K, corresponding...... to transitions known in analogous uranium and tin compounds. Possible reasons for the transitions are discussed. In the low temperature phases the nu4 and nu6 bendings of [TeCl6]2− have been identified with bands near ~130 and ~110 cm−1. No evidence seemed to favor any stereochemical distortion due to the lone...

  2. Antimisting kerosene: Low temperature degradation and blending

    Yavrouian, A.; Parikh, P.; Sarohia, V.


    The inline filtration characteristics of freshly blended and degraded antimisting fuels (AMK) at low temperature are examined. A needle valve degrader was modified to include partial recirculation of degraded fuel and heat addition in the bypass loop. A pressure drop across the needle valve of up to 4,000 psi was used. The pressure drop across a 325 mesh filter screen placed inline with the degrader and directly downstream of the needle valve was measured as a function of time for different values of pressure drop across the needle valve. A volume flux of 1 gpm/sq in was employed based on the frontal area of the screen. It was found that, at ambient temperatures, freshly blended AMK fuel could be degraded using a single pass degradation at 4,000 psi pressure drop across the needle valve to give acceptable filterability performance. At fuel temperatures below -20 C, degradation becomes increasingly difficult and a single pass technique results in unacceptable filtration performance. Recirculation of a fraction of the degraded fuel and heat addition in the bypass loop improved low temperature degradation performance. The problem is addressed of blending the AMK additive with Jet A at various base fuel temperatures.

  3. Low temperature operation and exhaust emission

    Laurikko, J.


    Ambient temperature has the greatest effect on the exhaust emissions of internal combustion engines during the initial cold star and before the engine is fully warmed-up. Fuel evaporation is poor in a cold engine and the fuel-air mixture must be made richer to ensure that the engine weill start and be driveable. However, the combustion of a rich fuel-air mixture is incomplete because of the lack of oxygen, and the exhaust gases will contain an excessive amount of carbon monoxide (CO). The formation of nitrogen oxides (NO/sub x/) in a combustion engine is tied to high temperatures and oxygen concentrations. The conditions in a non-warmed engine using a rich fuel-air mixture are unfavourable for the formation of NO/sub x/ and the emission of NO/sub x/ may even diminish with falling ambient temperature. When the engine has reached its normal operating temperature the exhaust emissions are usually independent of the ambient temperature if the engine is equipped with intake air preheating that is sufficiently powerful. The reduction efficiency of a catalytic converter mainly depends on its operation temperature. Continuous operation at low temperatures may cause rapid poisoning of the converter. At low temperatures, carbon and other particles that do not burn collect on the active surface of the converter reducing its effectiveness.

  4. Extreme low temperature tolerance in woody plants

    George Richard Strimbeck


    Full Text Available Woody plants in boreal to arctic environments and high mountains survive prolonged exposure to temperatures below -40˚C and minimum temperatures below -60˚C, and laboratory tests show that many of these species can also survive immersion in liquid nitrogen at -196˚C. Studies of biochemical changes that occur during acclimation, including recent proteomic and metabolomic studies, have identified changes in carbohydrate and compatible solute concentrations, membrane lipid composition, and proteins, notably dehydrins, that may have important roles in survival at extreme low temperature. Consideration of the biophysical mechanisms of membrane stress and strain lead to the following hypotheses for cellular and molecular mechanisms of survival at extreme low temperature: 1. Changes in lipid composition stabilize membranes at temperatures above the lipid phase transition temperature (-20 to 30˚C, preventing phase changes that result in irreversible injury. 2. High concentrations of oligosaccharides promote vitrification or high viscosity in the cytoplasm in freeze-dehydrated cells, which would prevent deleterious interactions between membranes. 3. Dehydrins bind membranes and further promote vitrification or act stearically to prevent membrane-membrane interactions.

  5. Low-temperature ashing of Bulgarian lignites

    Douchanov, D.; Minkova, V.; Martinez-Alonso, A.; Palacios, J.M.; Tascon, J.M.D. [Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia (Bulgaria). Inst. of Organic Chemistry


    The characterization of mineral components of coals requires their isolation from organic matter, which would otherwise interfere with phase identification by means of physico-chemical techniques. Low-temperature ashing (LTA) using a cool oxygen plasma is a prospective method to oxidise coal organic matter at low temperatures while keeping the mineral constituents unaltered. In this work the authors used a microwave-excited plasma apparatus for the LTA treatment of lignite samples from the Maritza-Iztok (M-1-1; M-1-2) and Elhovo basins. Minerals were characterised in the LTA residues using FT-IR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy combined with energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis. The advantages and disadvantages of the LTA method are discussed. Results indicate that LTA performs well for the isolation of mineral matter, the ensuing methodology being adequate for the characterisation of Bulgarian lignites. The same mineral constituents (principally clay minerals, quartz, pyrite and carbonates) were identified in all the three studied samples, differences being mainly in their particle size, degree of crystallinity and distribution in the organic matter of coals. 43 refs., 5 figs., 3 tabs.

  6. Low temperature property of Metaphosphatecopper(II/I) salt

    Swain, Trilochan; Brahma, Gouri Sankhar


    An inorganically template metaphosphoric acid containing copper salt, nanomaterial, has been synthesized and characterized with different measurement techniques such as Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC), UV-Vis-NIR, HRTEM, VSM, PPMS and X-RD. The thermal property of this salt has been studied at a low temperature up to 223 K from 298 K with DSC. The specific heat capacity of this complex has been measured in atmospheric O2 at a rate of 10 K min-1 from 298 K to 223 K and vice versa in two thermal cycles. The net specific heat capacity of this salt is found -88.28 J/gm.K and - 86.56 J/gm.K in first and second thermal cycles, respectively. There is a discontinuity in the specific heat at 106 s while measuring the specific heat capacity of the above nanomaterial at constant temperature 283 K. This particle size of this nanomaterial is ˜ 10 nm. The paramagnetic Curie temperature (θP) and Curie constant (C) are 18.29 K and 1.35x10-3 respectively. This material founds insulator from PPMS and UV-Vis-NIR measurements. So, it can be used as thermal interface material as a composite component with some organic polymers such as paraffin wax, ethylene-vinyl acetate etc.

  7. Preparation of silver nanoparticles at low temperature

    Mishra, Mini; Chauhan, Pratima


    Silver from ancient time is used as antimicrobial agent in the bulk form but now with the advancement in nanotechnology silver in the form of nanoparticles shown potential effect against microbes which make us easy to fight with many diseases plants and animals. In this work silver nanoparticles were synthesized by chemical routes using sodium borohydride as reducing agent at low temperature. The particles were characterized through UV-Visible spectroscopy as well as X-Ray Diffraction. The UV-visible spectra of silver nanoparticles exhibited absorption at 425 cm; the crystallite size of the particles is between 19nm to 39nm. EDAX graph shows two peaks of silver and oxygen. Water absorbed by silver nanoparticles was removed by the calcinations.

  8. Low Temperature Waste Immobilization Testing Vol. I

    Russell, Renee L.; Schweiger, Michael J.; Westsik, Joseph H.; Hrma, Pavel R.; Smith, D. E.; Gallegos, Autumn B.; Telander, Monty R.; Pitman, Stan G.


    The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is evaluating low-temperature technologies to immobilize mixed radioactive and hazardous waste. Three waste forms—alkali-aluminosilicate hydroceramic cement, “Ceramicrete” phosphate-bonded ceramic, and “DuraLith” alkali-aluminosilicate geopolymer—were selected through a competitive solicitation for fabrication and characterization of waste-form properties. The three contractors prepared their respective waste forms using simulants of a Hanford secondary waste and Idaho sodium bearing waste provided by PNNL and characterized their waste forms with respect to the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) and compressive strength. The contractors sent specimens to PNNL, and PNNL then conducted durability (American National Standards Institute/American Nuclear Society [ANSI/ANS] 16.1 Leachability Index [LI] and modified Product Consistency Test [PCT]) and compressive strength testing (both irradiated and as-received samples). This report presents the results of these characterization tests.

  9. Low temperature properties of erbium in gold

    Fleischmann, A.; Schoenefeld, J.; Sollner, J.; Enss, C.; Adams, J.S.; Bandler, S.R.; Kim, Y.H.; Seidel, G.M.


    The properties of dilute alloys of Er in Au have been studied, principally below 100 mK, in connection with the use of this system in thermometry and in microcalorimetry for particle detection. Measurements are reported of (1) the magnetization at high temperatures and high field, (2) the magnetization in low fields with temperatures extending down to 0.1 mK, and (3) the heat capacity as a function of temperature and field at low temperatures. These measurements are analyzed to provide information of several properties of the Er{sup 3+} ion in the Au lattice, in particular, the crystal field parameters, the exchange interaction of the 4f electrons with the conduction electrons, and the spin glass freezing temperature.

  10. Preparation of silver nanoparticles at low temperature

    Mishra, Mini, E-mail: [Centre of Environmental Science, Department of Botany, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, U.P. (India); Chauhan, Pratima, E-mail: [Department of Physics, University of Allahabad, Allahabad U.P. (India)


    Silver from ancient time is used as antimicrobial agent in the bulk form but now with the advancement in nanotechnology silver in the form of nanoparticles shown potential effect against microbes which make us easy to fight with many diseases plants and animals. In this work silver nanoparticles were synthesized by chemical routes using sodium borohydride as reducing agent at low temperature. The particles were characterized through UV-Visible spectroscopy as well as X-Ray Diffraction. The UV-visible spectra of silver nanoparticles exhibited absorption at 425 cm; the crystallite size of the particles is between 19nm to 39nm. EDAX graph shows two peaks of silver and oxygen. Water absorbed by silver nanoparticles was removed by the calcinations.

  11. Ultra-low temperature MAS-DNP

    Lee, Daniel; Bouleau, Eric; Saint-Bonnet, Pierre; Hediger, Sabine; De Paëpe, Gaël


    Since the infancy of NMR spectroscopy, sensitivity and resolution have been the limiting factors of the technique. Regular essential developments on this front have led to the widely applicable, versatile, and powerful spectroscopy that we know today. However, the Holy Grail of ultimate sensitivity and resolution is not yet reached, and technical improvements are still ongoing. Hence, high-field dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) making use of high-frequency, high-power microwave irradiation of electron spins has become very promising in combination with magic angle sample spinning (MAS) solid-state NMR experiments. This is because it leads to a transfer of the much larger polarization of these electron spins under suitable irradiation to surrounding nuclei, greatly increasing NMR sensitivity. Currently, this boom in MAS-DNP is mainly performed at minimum sample temperatures of about 100 K, using cold nitrogen gas to pneumatically spin and cool the sample. This Perspective deals with the desire to improve further the sensitivity and resolution by providing "ultra"-low temperatures for MAS-DNP, using cryogenic helium gas. Different designs on how this technological challenge has been overcome are described. It is shown that stable and fast spinning can be attained for sample temperatures down to 30 K using a large cryostat developed in our laboratory. Using this cryostat to cool a closed-loop of helium gas brings the additional advantage of sample spinning frequencies that can greatly surpass those achievable with nitrogen gas, due to the differing fluidic properties of these two gases. It is shown that using ultra-low temperatures for MAS-DNP results in substantial experimental sensitivity enhancements and according time-savings. Access to this temperature range is demonstrated to be both viable and highly pertinent.

  12. Kevlar support for thermal isolation at low temperatures

    Roach, Pat R.


    A cryogenic support is developed that rigidly attaches two U-shaped aluminum beams to each other with strands of Kevlar. The Kevlar creates a very strong and stiff coupling between the beams while allowing only very minor heat flow between them. Measurements at room temperature and at 77 K confirm the stiffness and strength of the support.

  13. Low temperature carrier transport properties in isotopically controlled germanium

    Itoh, K.


    Investigations of electronic and optical properties of semiconductors often require specimens with extremely homogeneous dopant distributions and precisely controlled net-carrier concentrations and compensation ratios. The previous difficulties in fabricating such samples are overcome as reported in this thesis by growing high-purity Ge single crystals of controlled {sup 75}Ge and {sup 70}Ge isotopic compositions, and doping these crystals by the neutron transmutation doping (NTD) technique. The resulting net-impurity concentrations and the compensation ratios are precisely determined by the thermal neutron fluence and the [{sup 74}Ge]/[{sup 70}Ge] ratios of the starting Ge materials, respectively. This method also guarantees unprecedented doping uniformity. Using such samples the authors have conducted four types of electron (hole) transport studies probing the nature of (1) free carrier scattering by neutral impurities, (2) free carrier scattering by ionized impurities, (3) low temperature hopping conduction, and (4) free carrier transport in samples close to the metal-insulator transition.

  14. The XRS Low Temperature Cryogenic System: Ground Performance Test Results

    Breon, Susan; Sirron, Peter; Boyle, Robert; Canavan, Ed; DiPirro, Michael; Serlemitsos, Aristides; Tuttle, James; Whitehouse, Paul


    The X-Ray Spectrometer (XRS) instrument is part of the Astro-E mission scheduled to launch early in 2000. Its cryogenic system is required to cool a 32-element square array of x-ray microcalorimeters to 60-65 mK over a mission lifetime of at least 2 years. This is accomplished using an adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator (ADR) contained within a two-stage superfluid helium/solid neon cooler. Goddard Space Flight Center is providing the ADR and helium dewar. The flight system was assembled in Sept. 1997 and subjected to extensive thermal performance tests. This paper presents test results at both the system and component levels. In addition, results of the low temperature topoff performed in Japan with the engineering unit neon and helium dewars are discussed.

  15. Gasoline Ultra Efficient Fuel Vehicle with Advanced Low Temperature Combustion

    Confer, Keith [Delphi Automotive Systems, LLC, Troy, MI (United States)


    The objective of this program was to develop, implement and demonstrate fuel consumption reduction technologies which are focused on reduction of friction and parasitic losses and on the improvement of thermal efficiency from in-cylinder combustion. The program was executed in two phases. The conclusion of each phase was marked by an on-vehicle technology demonstration. Phase I concentrated on short term goals to achieve technologies to reduce friction and parasitic losses. The duration of Phase I was approximately two years and the target fuel economy improvement over the baseline was 20% for the Phase I demonstration. Phase II was focused on the development and demonstration of a breakthrough low temperature combustion process called Gasoline Direct- Injection Compression Ignition (GDCI). The duration of Phase II was approximately four years and the targeted fuel economy improvement was 35% over the baseline for the Phase II demonstration vehicle. The targeted tailpipe emissions for this demonstration were Tier 2 Bin 2 emissions standards.

  16. Shape memory polymers with high and low temperature resistant properties

    Xiao, Xinli; Kong, Deyan; Qiu, Xueying; Zhang, Wenbo; Liu, Yanju; Zhang, Shen; Zhang, Fenghua; Hu, Yang; Leng, Jinsong


    High temperature shape memory polymers that can withstand the harsh temperatures for durable applications are synthesized, and the aromatic polyimide chains with flexible linkages within the backbone act as reversible phase. High molecular weight (Mn) is demanded to form physical crosslinks as fixed phase of thermoplastic shape memory polyimide, and the relationship between Mn and glass transition temperature (Tg) is explored. Thermoset shape memory polyimide shows higher Tg and storage modulus, better shape fixity than thermoplastic counterpart due to the low-density covalent crosslinking, and the influence of crosslinking on physical properties are studied. The mechanism of high temperature shape memory effects based on chain flexibility, molecular weight and crosslink density is proposed. Exposure to thermal cycling from +150 °C to -150 °C for 200 h produces negligible effect on the properties of the shape memory polyimide, and the possible mechanism of high and low temperature resistant property is discussed.

  17. Combined ocean acidification and low temperature stressors cause coral mortality

    Kavousi, Javid; Parkinson, John Everett; Nakamura, Takashi


    Oceans are predicted to become more acidic and experience more temperature variability—both hot and cold—as climate changes. Ocean acidification negatively impacts reef-building corals, especially when interacting with other stressors such as elevated temperature. However, the effects of combined acidification and low temperature stress have yet to be assessed. Here, we exposed nubbins of the scleractinian coral Montipora digitata to ecologically relevant acidic, cold, or combined stress for 2 weeks. Coral nubbins exhibited 100% survival in isolated acidic and cold treatments, but ~30% mortality under combined conditions. These results provide further evidence that coupled stressors have an interactive effect on coral physiology, and reveal that corals in colder environments are also susceptible to the deleterious impacts of coupled ocean acidification and thermal stress.

  18. Gasoline Ultra Efficient Fuel Vehicle with Advanced Low Temperature Combustion

    Confer, Keith


    The objective of this program was to develop, implement and demonstrate fuel consumption reduction technologies which are focused on reduction of friction and parasitic losses and on the improvement of thermal efficiency from in-cylinder combustion. The program was executed in two phases. The conclusion of each phase was marked by an on-vehicle technology demonstration. Phase I concentrated on short term goals to achieve technologies to reduce friction and parasitic losses. The duration of Phase I was approximately two years and the target fuel economy improvement over the baseline was 20% for the Phase I demonstration. Phase II was focused on the development and demonstration of a breakthrough low temperature combustion process called Gasoline Direct- Injection Compression Ignition (GDCI). The duration of Phase II was approximately four years and the targeted fuel economy improvement was 35% over the baseline for the Phase II demonstration vehicle. The targeted tailpipe emissions for this demonstration were Tier 2 Bin 2 emissions standards.

  19. The science capability of the Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Facility

    Larson, M.; Croonquist, A.; Dick, G. J.; Liu, Y.


    The Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Facility (LTMPF) is a multiple user and multiple-flight NASA facility that will provide a low temperature environment for about 4. 5 months on board the International Space Station (ISS).

  20. HTPro: Low-temperature Surface Hardening of Stainless Steel

    Christiansen, Thomas Lundin; Somers, Marcel A. J.


    Low-temperature surface hardening of stainless steel provides the required performance properties without affecting corrosion resistance.......Low-temperature surface hardening of stainless steel provides the required performance properties without affecting corrosion resistance....

  1. Modeling Low-temperature Geochemical Processes

    Nordstrom, D. K.


    Geochemical modeling has become a popular and useful tool for a wide number of applications from research on the fundamental processes of water-rock interactions to regulatory requirements and decisions regarding permits for industrial and hazardous wastes. In low-temperature environments, generally thought of as those in the temperature range of 0-100 °C and close to atmospheric pressure (1 atm=1.01325 bar=101,325 Pa), complex hydrobiogeochemical reactions participate in an array of interconnected processes that affect us, and that, in turn, we affect. Understanding these complex processes often requires tools that are sufficiently sophisticated to portray multicomponent, multiphase chemical reactions yet transparent enough to reveal the main driving forces. Geochemical models are such tools. The major processes that they are required to model include mineral dissolution and precipitation; aqueous inorganic speciation and complexation; solute adsorption and desorption; ion exchange; oxidation-reduction; or redox; transformations; gas uptake or production; organic matter speciation and complexation; evaporation; dilution; water mixing; reaction during fluid flow; reaction involving biotic interactions; and photoreaction. These processes occur in rain, snow, fog, dry atmosphere, soils, bedrock weathering, streams, rivers, lakes, groundwaters, estuaries, brines, and diagenetic environments. Geochemical modeling attempts to understand the redistribution of elements and compounds, through anthropogenic and natural means, for a large range of scale from nanometer to global. "Aqueous geochemistry" and "environmental geochemistry" are often used interchangeably with "low-temperature geochemistry" to emphasize hydrologic or environmental objectives.Recognition of the strategy or philosophy behind the use of geochemical modeling is not often discussed or explicitly described. Plummer (1984, 1992) and Parkhurst and Plummer (1993) compare and contrast two approaches for

  2. Transport properties of cobalt at low temperatures

    Radharkishna, P.; Nielsen, Mourits


    Measurements are made of electrical resistivity, absolute thermoelectric power, and thermal conductivity of polycrystalline cobalt between 1.2 and 6 K; results are discussed on basis of inter-electronic scattering.......Measurements are made of electrical resistivity, absolute thermoelectric power, and thermal conductivity of polycrystalline cobalt between 1.2 and 6 K; results are discussed on basis of inter-electronic scattering....

  3. Magnetic structure at low temperatures in FeGe2

    Babu, P. D.; Mishra, P. K.; Dube, V.; Mishra, R.; Sastry, P. U.; Ravikumar, G.


    Magnetic phase of FeGe2 intermetallic is studied using low-temperature neutron diffraction and DC magnetization. Zero-magnetic-field neutron scattering data shows the presence of an antiferromagnetic phase in the low temperature range. We find the evidence of the presence of a ferromagnetic order overriding on the predominantly antiferromagnetic phase at low temperatures.

  4. Low temperature nitrogen chemistry. Final report

    Glarborg, P.; Dam-Johansen, K.; Kristensen, P.G.; Alzueta, M.; Roejel, H.


    The results of a two tasks program on Natural Gas Reburning are reported. The work involved an experimental and theoretical study of the reburning and hybrid reburning/SNCR chemistry in the 1000-1500 K range. The interactions between hydrocarbon and nitrogen chemistry under fuel-rich conditions were investigated in order to assess the NO{sub x} reduction potential of low temperature reburning. The effect of reburn fuel(carbon monoxide, methane, acetylene, ethylene, ethane, and methane/ethane mixture), temperature, stoichiometry, reactant dilution, reaction time, and inlet NO level were studied. The results indicate a significant NO reduction potential even below 1400 K, but extrapolation to practical conditions are complicated by inadequate knowledge of the detailed chemistry as well as of the effect of mixing. The possibilities of enhancing the conversion to N{sub 2} instead of NO by adding selective reducing agents (hybrid reburning/SNCR) were evaluated. Our results indicate little synergistic effect between reburn and SNCR. The most simple configuration, where the selective reducing agent is injected together with the burnout air, is not expected to be effective, unless the N-agent is injected in form of an aqueous solution. A chemical kinetic model for reburning and reburn/SNCR is listed and can be obtained by e-mail from pgl(commerical at) 145 refs.

  5. Low temperature surface conductivity of hydrogenated diamond

    Sauerer, C.; Ertl, F.; Nebel, C.E.; Stutzmann, M. [Technische Univ. Muenchen, Garching (Germany). Walter-Schottky-Inst. fuer Physikalische Grundlagen der Halbleiterelektronik; Bergonzo, P. [LIST(CEA-Recherche Technology)/DIMIR/SIAR/Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Williams, O.A.; Jackman, R.A. [University Coll., London (United Kingdom). Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering


    Conductivity and Hall experiments are performed on hydrogenated poly-CVD, atomically flat homoepitaxially grown Ib and natural type IIa diamond layers in the regime 0.34 to 400 K. For all experiments hole transport is detected with sheet resistivities at room temperature in the range 10{sup 4} to 10{sup 5} {omega}/{radical}. We introduce a transport model where a disorder induced tail of localized states traps holes at very low temperatures (T < 70 K). The characteristic energy of the tail is in the range of 6 meV. Towards higher temperatures (T > 70 K) the hole density is approximately constant and the hole mobility {mu} is increasing two orders of magnitude. In the regime 70 K < T < 200 K, {mu} is exponentially activated with 22 meV, above it follows a {proportional_to}T{sup 3/2} law. The activation energy of the hole density at T < 70 K is governed by the energy gap between holes trapped in the tail and the mobility edge which they can propagate. In the temperature regime T < 25 K an increasing hole mobility is detected which is attributed to transport in delocalized states at the surface. (orig.)

  6. Earthquake, strong tide and global low temperature


    "La Madre" is a kind of upper atmospheric air current, and occurs as "warm phase" and "cold phase" in the sky of Pacific Ocean alternately. There exists this phenomenon, called "Oscillation Decade in the Pacific" (ODP), for 20~30years. It is concerned with 60 year cycle of the tides. Lunar oscillations explain an intriguing 60-year cycle in the world's temperature. Strong tides increase the vertical mixing of water in the oceans, drawing cold ocean water from the depths to surface, where it cools the atmosphere above. The first strong seismic episode in China was from 1897 to 1912; the second to the fifth was the in1920-1937, 1946-1957, 1966-1980, 1991-2002, tsrectruely. The alternative boundaries of"La Madre" warm phase and cold phase were in 1890, 1924, 1946 and 2000, which were near the boundaries of four strong earthquakes. It indicated the strong earthquakes closedly related with the substances' motion of atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere, the change of gravity potential, and the exchange of angular momentum. The strong earthquakes in the ocean bottom can bring the cool waters at the deep ocean up to the ocean surface and make the global climate cold. the earthquake, strong tide and global low temperature are close inrelntion for each othen.

  7. a Low Temperature Regenerator Test Facility

    Kashani, A.; Helvensteijn, B. P. M.; Feller, J. R.; Salerno, L. J.; Kittel, P.


    Testing regenerators presents an interesting challenge. When incorporated into a cryocooler, a regenerator is intimately coupled to the other components: expander, heat exchangers, and compressor. It is difficult to isolate the performance of any single component. We have developed a low temperature test facility that will allow us to separate the performance of the regenerator from the rest of the cryocooler. The purpose of the facility is the characterization of test regenerators using novel materials and/or geometries in temperature ranges down to 15 K. It consists of the following elements: The test column has two regenerators stacked in series. The coldest stage regenerator is the device under test. The warmer stage regenerator contains a stack of stainless steel screen, a well-characterized material. A commercial cryocooler is used to fix the temperatures at both ends of the test regenerator, cooling both heat exchangers flanging the regenerator stack. Heaters allow varying the temperatures and allow measurement of the remaining cooling power, and thus, regenerator effectiveness. A linear compressor delivers an oscillating pressure to the regenerator assembly. An inertance tube and reservoir provide the proper phase difference between mass flow and pressure. This phase shift, along with the imposed temperature differential, simulates the conditions of the test regenerator when used in an actual pulse tube cryocooler. This paper presents development details of the regenerator test facility, and test results on a second stage, stainless steel screen test regenerator.

  8. Low Temperature Surface Carburization of Stainless Steels

    Collins, Sunniva R; Heuer, Arthur H; Sikka, Vinod K


    Low-temperature colossal supersaturation (LTCSS) is a novel surface hardening method for carburization of austenitic stainless steels (SS) without the precipitation of carbides. The formation of carbides is kinetically suppressed, enabling extremely high or colossal carbon supersaturation. As a result, surface carbon concentrations in excess of 12 at. % are routinely achieved. This treatment increases the surface hardness by a factor of four to five, improving resistance to wear, corrosion, and fatigue, with significant retained ductility. LTCSS is a diffusional surface hardening process that provides a uniform and conformal hardened gradient surface with no risk of delamination or peeling. The treatment retains the austenitic phase and is completely non-magnetic. In addition, because parts are treated at low temperature, they do not distort or change dimensions. During this treatment, carbon diffusion proceeds into the metal at temperatures that constrain substitutional diffusion or mobility between the metal alloy elements. Though immobilized and unable to assemble to form carbides, chromium and similar alloying elements nonetheless draw enormous amounts of carbon into their interstitial spaces. The carbon in the interstitial spaces of the alloy crystals makes the surface harder than ever achieved before by more conventional heat treating or diffusion process. The carbon solid solution manifests a Vickers hardness often exceeding 1000 HV (equivalent to 70 HRC). This project objective was to extend the LTCSS treatment to other austenitic alloys, and to quantify improvements in fatigue, corrosion, and wear resistance. Highlights from the research include the following: • Extension of the applicability of the LTCSS process to a broad range of austenitic and duplex grades of steels • Demonstration of LTCSS ability for a variety of different component shapes and sizes • Detailed microstructural characterization of LTCSS-treated samples of 316L and other alloys

  9. Systemic low temperature signaling in Arabidopsis.

    Gorsuch, Peter A; Sargeant, Alexander W; Penfield, Steven D; Quick, W Paul; Atkin, Owen K


    When leaves are exposed to low temperature, sugars accumulate and transcription factors in the C-repeat binding factor (CBF) family are expressed, which, together with CBF-independent pathways, are known to contribute to the cold acclimation process and an increase in freezing tolerance. What is not known, however, is whether expression of these cold-regulated genes can be induced systemically in response to a localized cold treatment. To address this, pre-existing, mature leaves of warm-grown Arabidopsis thaliana were exposed to a localized cold treatment (near 10 °C) whilst conjoined newly developing leaves continued only to experience warmer temperatures. In initial experiments on wild-type A. thaliana (Col-0) using real-time reverse transcription--PCR (RT-PCR) we observed that some genes--including CBF genes, certain downstream cold-responsive (COR) targets and CBF-independent transcription factors--respond to a direct 9 °C treatment of whole plants. In subsequent experiments, we found that the treatment of expanded leaves with temperatures near 10 °C can induce cold-associated genes in conjoined warm-maintained tissues. CBF1 showed a particularly strong systemic response, although CBF-independent transcription factors also responded. Moreover, the localized cold treatment of A. thaliana (C24) plants with a luciferase reporter fused to the promoter region of KIN2 indicated that in warm-maintained leaves, KIN2 might respond to a systemic signal from remote, directly cold-treated leaves. Collectively, our study provides strong evidence that the processes involved in cold acclimation are partially mediated by a signal that acts systemically. This has the potential to act as an early-warning system to enable developing leaves to cope better with the cold environment in which they are growing.


    韩宗伟; 李先庭; 石文星; 史永征


    The components and operation modes of the low temperature air source heat pump system ( LTASHP) combined with thermal storage of solar energy were introduced in this paper. The mathematics models of each section of the system were set up and the control strategy of system operation was determined. Based on the mathematics models and control strategy, a canteen in Urumqi City was taken as the research object, and the transient numerical simulation was carried out. The operation characteristic of the system for whole-year was comparatively analyzed. The simulation results provide a theoretical guidance for promoting application of the system.%介绍了利用地下水池进行季节性蓄热的太阳能与低温空气源热泵复合空调系统的组成及运行模式,建立系统中各部分的数学模型,确定系统的运行控制策略,并在此基础上,以乌鲁木齐市某餐厅为研究对象进行瞬态数值模拟,得到系统的全年动态运行特性,模拟结果为该系统的推广应用提供了理论指导.

  11. Advanced Regenerators for Very Low Temperature Cryocoolers.


    solid. The density of candidate fullerene powder and formed samples will be measured by Archimedes’ principle in accordance with ASTM C373 -72...Coefficient of thermal expansion will be measured by a vitreous silica push rod dilatometer assembly in accordance with ASTM -E228-85 (reapproved 1989). The

  12. Low Temperature Geothermal Resource Assessment for Membrane Distillation Desalination in the United States

    Akar, Sertac; Turchi, Craig


    Substantial drought and declines in potable groundwater in the United States over the last decade has increased the demand for fresh water. Desalination of saline water such as brackish surface or groundwater, seawater, brines co-produced from oil and gas operations, industrial wastewater, blow-down water from power plant cooling towers, and agriculture drainage water can reduce the volume of water that requires disposal while providing a source of high-quality fresh water for industrial or commercial use. Membrane distillation (MD) is a developing technology that uses low-temperature thermal energy for desalination. Geothermal heat can be an ideal thermal-energy source for MD desalination technology, with a target range of $1/m3 to $2/m3 for desalinated water depending on the cost of heat. Three different cases were analyzed to estimate levelized cost of heat (LCOH) for integration of MD desalination technology with low-grade geothermal heat: (1) residual heat from injection brine at a geothermal power plant, (2) heat from existing underutilized low-temperature wells, and (3) drilling new wells for low-temperature resources. The Central and Western United States have important low-temperature (<90 degrees C) geothermal resource potential with wide geographic distribution, but these resources are highly underutilized because they are inefficient for power production. According to the USGS, there are 1,075 identified low temperature hydrothermal systems, 55 low temperature sedimentary systems and 248 identified medium to high temperature geothermal systems in the United States. The estimated total beneficial heat potential from identified low temperature hydrothermal geothermal systems and residual beneficial heat from medium to high temperature systems is estimated as 36,300 MWth, which could theoretically produce 1.4 to 7 million m3/day of potable water, depending on desalination efficiency.

  13. Analysis of Low Temperature Organic Rankine Cycles for Solar Applications

    Li, Yunfei

    The present work focuses on Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) systems and their application to low temperature waste heat recovery, combined heat and power as well as off-grid solar power generation applications. As CO_2 issues come to the fore front and fossil fuels become more expensive, interest in low grade heat recovery has grown dramatically in the past few years. Solar energy, as a clean, renewable, pollution-free and sustainable energy has great potential for the use of ORC systems. Several ORC solutions have been proposed to generate electricity from low temperature sources. The ORC systems discussed here can be applied to fields such as solar thermal, biological waste heat, engine exhaust gases, small-scale cogeneration, domestic boilers, etc. The current work presents a thermodynamic and economic analysis for the use of ORC systems to convert solar energy or low exergy energy to generate electrical power. The organic working fluids investigated here were selected to investigate the effect of the fluid saturation temperature on the performance of ORCs. The working fluids under investigation are R113, R245fa, R123, with boiling points between 40°C and 200°C at pressures from 10 kPa to 10 MPa. Ambient temperature air at 20oC to 30oC is utilized as cooling resource, and allowing for a temperature difference 10°C for effective heat transfer. Consequently, the working fluids are condensed at 40°C. A combined first- and second-law analysis is performed by varying some system independent parameters at various reference temperatures. The present work shows that ORC systems can be viable and economical for the applications such as waste heat use and off-grid power generation even though they are likely to be more expensive than grid power.

  14. Low-Inductance Capacitor For Low Temperatures

    Rhodes, David B.; Jones, Stephen B.; Franke, John M.


    Planar capacitor made on epoxy/fiberglass printed-circuit board. Planar design and flat copper plates ensure low inductance and low series resistance. Planar construction minimized effects of thermal contraction, and epoxy/fiberglass substrate ensured high breakdown voltage. Design is simple, and this type of capacitor easy for any printed-circuit-board facility to fabricate. Design suitable for any small-capacitance, high-voltage capacitor, whether operating at low or high temperature.

  15. Low temperature hydrolysis for ethanol production

    Garcia, A.; Fischer, J.R.; Iannotti, E.L.


    Hydrolysis of corn was compared at two temperatures of 100/sup 0/C and 75/sup 0/C. Starch conversion to dextrose and then ethanol were determined. Yields were 10.69% ethanol in the fermented beer for 100/sup 0/C and 9.89% for 75/sup 0/C. The 75/sup 0/C hydrolysis required about 100 MJ less thermal energy than the 100/sup 0/C hydrolysis. The effects of contamination and respiration were also assessed.

  16. Low Temperature Surface Carburization of Stainless Steels

    Collins, Sunniva R; Heuer, Arthur H; Sikka, Vinod K


    Low-temperature colossal supersaturation (LTCSS) is a novel surface hardening method for carburization of austenitic stainless steels (SS) without the precipitation of carbides. The formation of carbides is kinetically suppressed, enabling extremely high or colossal carbon supersaturation. As a result, surface carbon concentrations in excess of 12 at. % are routinely achieved. This treatment increases the surface hardness by a factor of four to five, improving resistance to wear, corrosion, and fatigue, with significant retained ductility. LTCSS is a diffusional surface hardening process that provides a uniform and conformal hardened gradient surface with no risk of delamination or peeling. The treatment retains the austenitic phase and is completely non-magnetic. In addition, because parts are treated at low temperature, they do not distort or change dimensions. During this treatment, carbon diffusion proceeds into the metal at temperatures that constrain substitutional diffusion or mobility between the metal alloy elements. Though immobilized and unable to assemble to form carbides, chromium and similar alloying elements nonetheless draw enormous amounts of carbon into their interstitial spaces. The carbon in the interstitial spaces of the alloy crystals makes the surface harder than ever achieved before by more conventional heat treating or diffusion process. The carbon solid solution manifests a Vickers hardness often exceeding 1000 HV (equivalent to 70 HRC). This project objective was to extend the LTCSS treatment to other austenitic alloys, and to quantify improvements in fatigue, corrosion, and wear resistance. Highlights from the research include the following: • Extension of the applicability of the LTCSS process to a broad range of austenitic and duplex grades of steels • Demonstration of LTCSS ability for a variety of different component shapes and sizes • Detailed microstructural characterization of LTCSS-treated samples of 316L and other alloys

  17. Low-temperature structural phase transition in deuterated and protonated lithium acetate dihydrate

    Schroeder, F., E-mail: schroeder@kristall.uni-frankfurt.d [Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt am Main, Institut fuer Geowissenschaften, Abt. Kristallographie, Altenhoeferallee 1, 60438 Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Winkler, B.; Haussuehl, E. [Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt am Main, Institut fuer Geowissenschaften, Abt. Kristallographie, Altenhoeferallee 1, 60438 Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Cong, P.T.; Wolf, B. [Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt am Main, Physikalisches Institut, Max-von-Laue-Strasse 1, 60438 Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Avalos-Borja, M. [Instituto Potosino de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica, A.C. Camino a la Presa San Jose 2055, Col. Lomas 4 seccion CP 78216, San Luis Potosi (Mexico); Quilichini, M.; Hennion, B. [Laboratoire Leon Brillouin, CEN Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France)


    Heat capacity measurements of protonated lithium acetate dihydrate show a structural phase transition at T = 12 K. This finding is in contrast to earlier work, where it was thought that only the deuterated compound undergoes a low temperature structural phase transition. This finding is confirmed by low temperature ultrasound spectroscopy, where the structural phase transition is associated with a velocity decrease of the ultrasonic waves, i.e. with an elastic softening. We compare the thermodynamic properties of the protonated and deuterated compounds and discuss two alternatives for the mechanism of the phase transition based on the thermal expansion measurements.

  18. A reverse pendulum bath cryostat design suitable for low temperature scanning probe microscopy

    Heyde, M.; Thielsch, G.; Rust, H.-P.; Freund, H.-J.


    A new low temperature, ultrahigh vacuum cryostat design has been developed for atomic force and scanning tunnelling microscopy measurements. A microscope can be operated at 5 K in ultrahigh vacuum. The microscope body is thermally connected to a reverse pendulum and completely surrounded by a radiation shield. The design allows in situ dosing and irradiation of the sample as well as for easy access of tip and sample. The temperature performance and the vibrational properties of the reverse pendulum design are demonstrated in detail. A brief overview of low temperature instrumentation in scanning probe microscopy is given.

  19. Extension of Lithium Ion Cell Model to Include Transient and Low-Temperature Behaviour

    Dudley, G.


    Current-interruption resistance measurements have been analysed in detail allowing the ESTEC lithium ion cell electrical/thermal model to be extended to allow modelling of cell voltage in response to imposed current changes at low temperatures and short time scales where activation polarisation becomes important. Whilst an unnecessary complication in most cases, this extension is needed under certain circumstances such as the simulation of Mars rover batteries forced to operate at low temperature and possible effects of battery voltage transients on battery-bus power subsystems. Comparison with test data show that the model is capable of giving a good fit in these circumstances.

  20. Preparation of Mg-Li alloys by electrolysis in molten salt at low temperature

    Mi Lin Zhang; Yong De Yan; Zhi Yao Hou; Lu An Fan; Zeng Chen; Ding Xiang Tang


    A new technology for preparation of low cost Mg-Li alloys was studied. The alloys were prepared by electrolysis in molten were investigated, and optimal electrolysis parameters were obtained. Mg-Li alloys with low lithium content (about 25%) were prepared by the unique method of a higher post-thermal treatment temperature after electrolysis at low temperature. The results showed that the electrolysis can be carried out at low temperature, which resulted in reducing preparation cost due to energy saving.The new technology for the preparation of Mg-Li alloy by electrolysis in molten salt was proved to be feasible.

  1. Low temperature environmental degradation of zirconia ceramics

    Zhao, Zhenbo


    The low temperature environmental degradation (LTED) of yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystal (Y-TZP) has been prevented, or at least retarded, by using both bulk doping and surface doping methods with either cation, or anion, stabilizers. The introduction of both mullite and alumina into 3Y-TZP by a bulk-doping method was found to be effective in suppressing the tetragonal-->monoclinic transformation induced by water during hydrothermal treatment thus giving rise to better mechanical properties. The beneficial effects of alumina on the phase stability of the 3Y-TZP ceramic are considered to be due to the increase in the elastic modulus of the constraining matrix, as well as to the segregation of A12O3 at grain boundaries. The LTED transformation kinetics as determined by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and White Light Interferometer (WLI) analysis showed that the isothermal tetragonal-to-monoclinic transformation starts from the surface and has an incubation-nucleation-growth mechanism which can be described by the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation. The degradation of Y-TZP ceramic after hydrothermal treatment can be effectively overcome by surface doping by a solid diffusion method with tetravalent dopants: CeO2 and GeO2; with trivalent dopants: La2O 3 and Fe2O3; and with divalent dopants: CuO and MgO. For surface CeO2-, GeO2- and Fe2O 3-doping, this degradation inhibition behaviour is attributed to a localized increase in cation stabilizer content which satisfies the requirements for stabilization of the tetragonal phase. However, in each case, the stability mechanisms are different. For surface La2O3doping, surface doping overcomes the formation of La2O3 and La 2Zr2O7 since the extra La2O3 can further diffuse to the center of the 3Y-TZP ceramic. For CuO-doping, small amounts of CuO form a liquid that can act as a conduit for the re-distribution of yttria. In the case of surface MgO modification, the stabilization results from the isolated nature of the

  2. Li-Ion Cell Development for Low Temperature Applications

    Huang, C.-K.; Sakamoto, J. S.; Surampudi, S.; Wolfenstine, J.


    JPL is involved in the development of rechargeable Li-ion cells for future Mars Exploration Missions. The specific objectives are to improve the Li-ion cell cycle life performance and rate capability at low temperature (Li-ion rate capability at low temperature has been attributed to: (1) the electrolytes becoming viscous or freezing and/or (2) reduced electrode capacity that results from decreased Li diffusivity. Our efforts focus on increasing the rate capability at low temperature for Li-ion cells. In order to improve the rate capability we evaluated the following: (1) cathode performance at low temperatures, (2) electrode active material particle size on low temperature performance and (3) Li diffusivity at room temperature and low temperatures. In this paper, we will discuss the results of our study.

  3. Low-temperature sintering of nanoscale silver paste for semiconductor device interconnection

    Bai, Guofeng

    This research has developed a lead-free semiconductor device interconnect technology by studying the processing-microstructure-property relationships of low-temperature sintering of nanoscale silver pastes. The nanoscale silver pastes have been formulated by adding organic components (dispersant, binder and thinner) into nano-silver particles. The selected organic components have the nano-particle polymeric stabilization, paste processing quality adjustment, and non-densifying diffusion retarding functions and thus help the pastes sinter to ˜80% bulk density at temperatures no more than 300°C. It has been found that the low-temperature sintered silver has better electrical, thermal and overall thermomechanical properties compared with the existing semiconductor device interconnecting materials such as solder alloys and conductive epoxies. After solving the organic burnout problems associated with the covered sintering, a lead-free semiconductor device interconnect technology has been designed to be compatible with the existing surface-mounting techniques with potentially low-cost. It has been found that the low-temperature sintered silver joints have high electrical, thermal, and mechanical performance. The reliability of the silver joints has also been studied by the 50-250°C thermal cycling experiment. Finally, the bonging strength drop of the silver joints has been suggested to be ductile fracture in the silver joints as micro-voids nucleated at microscale grain boundaries during the temperature cycling. The low-temperature silver sintering technology has enabled some benchmark packaging concepts and substantial advantages in future applications.

  4. Effectiveness of Low Temperature Additives for Biodiesel Blends



  5. Cryogenic Capacitors for Low-Temperature Power Systems Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — TRS Technologies proposes to develop low-temperature multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) capable of operating at cyrogenic temperatures (<77K). These capacitors...

  6. Low-temperature Hall effect in bismuth chalcogenides thin films

    Kuntsevich, A. Yu.; Gabdullin, A. A.; Prudkogliad, V. A.; Selivanov, Yu. G.; Chizhevskii, E. G.; Pudalov, V. M.


    Bismuth chalcogenides are the most studied 3D topological insulators. As a rule, at low temperatures, thin films of these materials demonstrate positive magnetoresistance due to weak antilocalization. Weak antilocalization should lead to resistivity decrease at low temperatures; in experiments, however, resistivity grows as temperature decreases. From transport measurements for several thin films (with various carrier density, thickness, and carrier mobility), and by using a purely phenomenological approach, with no microscopic theory, we show that the low-temperature growth of the resistivity is accompanied by growth of the Hall coefficient, in agreement with the diffusive electron-electron interaction correction mechanism. Our data reasonably explain the low-temperature resistivity upturn.

  7. Concepts on Low Temperature Mechanical Grain Growth

    Sharon, John Anthony [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States). Metallurgy and Materials Joining Dept.; Boyce, Brad Lee [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States). Metallurgy and Materials Joining Dept.


    In metals, as grain size is reduced below 100nm, conventional dislocation plasticity is suppressed resulting in improvements in strength, hardness, and wears resistance. Existing and emerging components use fine grained metals for these beneficial attributes. However, these benefits can be lost in service if the grains undergo growth during the component’s lifespan. While grain growth is traditionally viewed as a purely thermal process that requires elevated temperature exposure, recent evidence shows that some metals, especially those with nanocrystalline grain structure, can undergo grain growth even at room temperature or below due to mechanical loading. This report has been assembled to survey the key concepts regarding how mechanical loads can drive grain coarsening at room temperature and below. Topics outlined include the atomic level mechanisms that facilitate grain growth, grain boundary mobility, and the impact of boundary structure, loading scheme, and temperature.

  8. Low-temperature operation of a Buck DC/DC converter

    Ray, Biswajit; Gerber, Scott S.; Patterson, Richard L.; Myers, Ira T.


    Low-temperature (77 K) operation of a 42/28 V, 175 W, 50 kHz PWM Buck DC/DC converter designed with commercially available components is reported. Overall, the converter losses decreased at 77 K compared to room temperature operation. A full-load efficiency of 97 percent was recorded at liquid-nitrogen temperature, compared to 95.8 percent at room temperature. Power MOSFET operation improved significantly where as the output rectifier operation deteriorated at low-temperature. The performance of the output filter inductor and capacitor did not change significantly at 77 K compared to room temperature performance. It is possible to achieve high-density and high efficiency power conversion at low-temperatures due to improved electronic, electrical and thermal properties of materials.

  9. Comparison of nickel silicide and aluminium ohmic contact metallizations for low-temperature quantum transport measurements

    Polley Craig


    Full Text Available Abstract We examine nickel silicide as a viable ohmic contact metallization for low-temperature, low-magnetic-field transport measurements of atomic-scale devices in silicon. In particular, we compare a nickel silicide metallization with aluminium, a common ohmic contact for silicon devices. Nickel silicide can be formed at the low temperatures (<400°C required for maintaining atomic precision placement in donor-based devices, and it avoids the complications found with aluminium contacts which become superconducting at cryogenic measurement temperatures. Importantly, we show that the use of nickel silicide as an ohmic contact at low temperatures does not affect the thermal equilibration of carriers nor contribute to hysteresis in a magnetic field.

  10. Low temperature properties of the gadolinium gallium garnet: Monte Carlo versus experiments

    Gingras, Michel; Yavors'kii, Taras


    Due to an arrangement of magnetic ions on triangular lattices and a negligible single-ion anisotropy, the gadolinium gallium garnet Gd_3Ga_5O_12 (GGG) is an example of a magnet with a very high geometrical frustration. The frustration is believed to be responsible for its unique magnetic properties at low temperatures by amplifying the competition between different microscopic mechanisms. These properties include extended short-range order in GGG, unusual features in its magnetic and thermal characteristics, as well as spin dynamics down to the lowest temperature. We use classical Monte Carlo simulations to investigate the low temperature properties of the system and make comparison with experiments. In particular, we study the nature of the spin-spin correlations developing at low temperatures and compare our results with the data from elastic neutron scattering experiments on isotopically enriched GGG samples.

  11. An Estimate of Shallow, Low-Temperature Geothermal Resources of the United States

    Mullane, Michelle; Gleason, Michael; Reber, Tim; McCabe, Kevin; Mooney, Meghan; Young, Katherine R.


    Low-temperature geothermal resources in the United States potentially hold an enormous quantity of thermal energy, useful for direct use in residential, commercial and industrial applications such as space and water heating, greenhouse warming, pool heating, aquaculture, and low-temperature manufacturing processes. Several studies published over the past 40 years have provided assessments of the resource potential for multiple types of low-temperature geothermal systems (e.g. hydrothermal convection, hydrothermal conduction, and enhanced geothermal systems) with varying temperature ranges and depths. This paper provides a summary and additional analysis of these assessments of shallow (= 3 km), low-temperature (30-150 degrees C) geothermal resources in the United States, suitable for use in direct-use applications. This analysis considers six types of geothermal systems, spanning both hydrothermal and enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). We outline the primary data sources and quantitative parameters used to describe resources in each of these categories, and present summary statistics of the total resources available. In sum, we find that low-temperature hydrothermal resources and EGS resources contain approximately 8 million and 800 million TWh of heat-in-place, respectively. In future work, these resource potential estimates will be used for modeling of the technical and market potential for direct-use geothermal applications for the U.S. Department of Energy's Geothermal Vision Study.

  12. Heat driven refrigeration cycle at low temperatures

    HE Yijian; HONG Ronghua; CHEN Guangming


    Absorption refrigeration cycle can be driven by low-grade thermal energy, such as solar energy, geothermal energy and waste heat. It is beneficial to save energy and protect environment. However, the applications of traditional absorption refrigeration cycle are greatly restricted because they cannot achieve low refrigeration temperature. A new absorption refrigeration cycle is investigated in this paper, which is driven by low-grade energy and can get deep low refrigeration temperature. The mixture refrigerant R23+R134a and an absorbent DMF are used as its working fluid. The theoretical results indicate that the new cycle can achieve -62℃ refrigeration temperature when the generation temperature is only 160℃. This refrigeration temperature is much lower than that obtained by traditional absorption refrigeration cycle. Refrigeration temperature of -47.3℃ has been successfully achieved by experiment for this new cycle at the generation temperature of 157℃, which is the lowest temperature obtained by absorption refrigeration system reported in the literature up to now. The theoretical and experimental results prove that new cycle can achieve rather low refrigeration temperature.

  13. Optimized Designs for Very Low Temperature Massive Calorimeters

    Pyle, Matt; Sadoulet, Bernard


    The baseline energy-resolution performance for the current generation of large-mass, low-temperature calorimeters is $>2$ orders of magnitude worse than theoretical predictions. A detailed study of several calorimetric detectors suggests that a mismatch between the sensor and signal bandwidths is the primary reason for suppressed sensitivity. With this understanding, we propose a detector design in which a thin-film Au pad is directly deposited onto a massive absorber that is then thermally linked to a separately fabricated TES chip via an Au wirebond, providing large electron-phonon coupling (i.e. high signal bandwidth), ease of fabrication, and cosmogenic background suppression. Interestingly, this design strategy is fully compatible with the use of hygroscopic crystals (NaI) as absorbers. An 80-mm diameter Si light detector based upon these design principles, with potential use in both dark matter and neutrinoless double-beta decay, has an estimated baseline energy resolution of 0.35eV, 20x better than cur...

  14. Final Report Low-temperature Resource Assessment Program

    Lienau, P.J. [Geo-Heat Center, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, OR (US); Ross, H. [Earth Sciences and Resources Institute, University of Utah


    The U.S. Department of Energy - Geothermal Division (DOE/GD) recently sponsored the Low-Temperature Resource Assessment project to update the inventory of the nation's low- and moderate-temperature geothermal resources and to encourage development of these resources. A database of 8,977 thermal wells and springs that are in the temperature range of 20 degrees Celsius to 150 degrees Celsius has been compiled for ten western states, an impressive increase of 82% compared to the previous assessments. The database includes location, descriptive data, physical parameters, water chemistry and references for sources of data. Computer-generated maps are also available for each state. State Teams have identified 48 high-priority areas for near-term comprehensive resource studies and development. Resources with temperatures greater than 50 degrees Celsius located within 8 km of a population center were identified for 271 collocated cities. Geothermal energy costevaluation software has been developed to quickly identify the cost of geothermally supplied heat to these areas in a fashion similar to that used for conventionally fueled heat sources.

  15. Fly ash particles spheroidization using low temperature plasma energy

    Shekhovtsov, V. V.; Volokitin, O. G.; Kondratyuk, A. A.; Vitske, R. E.


    The paper presents the investigations on producing spherical particles 65-110 μm in size using the energy of low temperature plasma (LTP). These particles are based on flow ash produced by the thermal power plant in Seversk, Tomsk region, Russia. The obtained spherical particles have no defects and are characterized by a smooth exterior surface. The test bench is designed to produce these particles. With due regard for plasma temperature field distribution, it is shown that the transition of fly ash particles to a state of viscous flow occurs at 20 mm distance from the plasma jet. The X-ray phase analysis is carried out for the both original state of fly ash powders and the particles obtained. This analysis shows that fly ash contains 56.23 wt.% SiO2; 20.61 wt.% Al2O3 and 17.55 wt.% Fe2O3 phases that mostly contribute to the integral (experimental) intensity of the diffraction maximum. The LTP treatment results in a complex redistribution of the amorphous phase amount in the obtained spherical particles, including the reduction of O2Si, phase, increase of O22Al20 and Fe2O3 phases and change in Al, O density of O22Al20 chemical unit cell.

  16. Low-temperature solder for laser tissue welding

    Lauto, Antonio; Stewart, Robert B.; Felsen, D.; Foster, John; Poole-Warren, Laura; Poppas, Dix P.


    In this study, a two layer (TL) solid solder was developed with a fixed thickness to minimize the difference in temperature across the solder (ΔT) and to weld at low temperature. Solder strips comprising two layers (65% albumin, 35% water) were welded onto rectangular sections of dog small intestine by a diode laser (λ = 808 nm). The laser delivered a power of 170 +/- 10 mW through an optical fiber (spot size approximately 1 mm) for 100 seconds. A solder layer incorporated also a dye (carbon black, 0.25%) to absorb the laser radiation. A thermocouple and an infrared thermometer system recorded the temperatures at the tissue interface and at the external solder surface, during welding. The repaired tissue was tested for tensile strength by a calibrated tensiometer. The TL strips were able to minimize ΔT (12 +/- 4°C) and control the temperature at tissue-interface. The strips fused on tissue at 55=70°C for tissue repair, which cause more irreversible thermal damage.

  17. Low-temperature resource assessment program. Final report

    Lienau, P.J. [Oregon Inst. of Tech., Klamath Falls, OR (United States). Geo-Heat Center; Ross, H. [Utah Univ., Salt Lake City, UT (United States). Earth Sciences and Resources Inst.


    The US Department of Energy - Geothermal Division (DOE/GD) recently sponsored the Low-Temperature Resource Assessment project to update the inventory of the nation`s low- and moderate-temperature geothermal resources and to encourage development of these resources. A database of 8,977 thermal wells and springs that are in the temperature range of 20{degrees}C to 150{degrees}C has been compiled for ten western states, an impressive increase of 82% compared to the previous assessments. The database includes location, descriptive data, physical parameters, water chemistry and references for sources of data. Computer-generated maps are also available for each state. State Teams have identified 48 high-priority areas for near-term comprehensive resource studies and development. Resources with temperatures greater than 50{degrees}C located within 8 km of a population center were identified for 271 collocated cities. Geothermal energy cost evaluation software has been developed to quickly identify the cost of geothermally supplied heat to these areas in a fashion similar to that used for conventionally fueled heat sources.

  18. Quantifying residual hydrogen adsorption in low-temperature STMs

    Natterer, F. D.; Patthey, F.; Brune, H.


    We report on low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy observations demonstrating that individual Ti atoms on hexagonal boron nitride dissociate and adsorb hydrogen without measurable reaction barrier. The clean and hydrogenated states of the adatoms are clearly discerned by their apparent height and their differential conductance revealing the Kondo effect upon hydrogenation. Measurements at 50 K and 5 × 10- 11 mbar indicate a sizable hydrogenation within only 1 h originating from the residual gas pressure, whereas measurements at 4.7 K can be carried out for days without H2 contamination problems. However, heating up a low-T STM to operate it at variable temperature results in very sudden hydrogenation at around 17 K that correlates with a sharp peak in the total chamber pressure. From a quantitative analysis we derive the desorption energies of H2 on the cryostat walls. We find evidence for hydrogen contamination also during Ti evaporation and propose a strategy on how to dose transition metal atoms in the cleanliest fashion. The present contribution raises awareness of hydrogenation under seemingly ideal ultra-high vacuum conditions, it quantifies the H2 uptake by isolated transition metal atoms and its thermal desorption from the gold plated cryostat walls.

  19. Vibrational relaxation and vibrational cooling in low temperature molecular crystals

    Hill, Jeffrey R.; Chronister, Eric L.; Chang, Ta-Chau; Kim, Hackjin; Postlewaite, Jay C.; Dlott, Dana D.


    The processes of vibrational relaxation (VR) and vibrational cooling (VC) are investigated in low temperature crystals of complex molecules, specifically benzene, naphthalene, anthracene, and durene. In the VR process, a vibration is deexcited, while VC consists of many sequential and parallel VR steps which return the crystal to thermal equilibrium. A theoretical model is developed which relates the VR rate to the excess vibrational energy, the molecular structure, and the crystal structure. Specific relations are derived for the vibrational lifetime T1 in each of three regimes of excess vibrational energy. The regimes are the following: Low frequency regime I where VR occurs by emission of two phonons, intermediate frequency regime II where VR occurs by emission of one phonon and one vibration, and high frequency regime III where VR occurs by evolution into a dense bath of vibrational combinations. The VR rate in each regime depends on a particular multiphonon density of states and a few averaged anharmonic coefficients. The appropriate densities of states are calculated from spectroscopic data, and together with available VR data and new infrared and ps Raman data, the values of the anharmonic coefficients are determined for each material. The relationship between these parameters and the material properties is discussed. We then describe VC in a master equation formalism. The transition rate matrix for naphthalene is found using the empirically determined parameters of the above model, and the time dependent redistribution in each mode is calculated.

  20. Low temperature high frequency coaxial pulse tube for space application

    Charrier, Aurelia; Charles, Ivan; Rousset, Bernard; Duval, Jean-Marc [SBT, UMR-E CEA / UJF-Grenoble 1, INAC, 17, rue des Martyrs, Grenoble, F-38054 (France); Daniel, Christophe [CNES, 18, avenue Edouard Belin, Toulouse, F-31401 (France)


    The 4K stage is a critical step for space missions. The Hershel mission is using a helium bath, which is consumed day by day (after depletion, the space mission is over) while the Plank mission is equipped with one He4 Joule-Thomson cooler. Cryogenic chain without helium bath is a challenge for space missions and 4.2K Pulse-Tube working at high frequency (around 30Hz) is one option to take it up. A low temperature Pulse-Tube would be suitable for the ESA space mission EChO (Exoplanet Characterisation Observatory, expected launch in 2022), which requires around 30mW cooling power at 6K; and for the ESA space mission ATHENA (Advanced Telescope for High ENergy Astrophysics), to pre-cool the sub-kelvin cooler (few hundreds of mW at 15K). The test bench described in this paper combines a Gifford-McMahon with a coaxial Pulse-Tube. A thermal link is joining the intercept of the Pulse-Tube and the second stage of the Gifford-McMahon. This intercept is a separator between the hot and the cold regenerators of the Pulse-Tube. The work has been focused on the cold part of this cold finger. Coupled with an active phase shifter, this Pulse-Tube has been tested and optimized and temperatures as low as 6K have been obtained at 30Hz with an intercept temperature at 20K.

  1. Low-temperature NMR studies of Ce-Al compounds

    Gavilano, J.L. (Laboratorium fuer Festkoerperphysik, ETH-Hoenggerberg, CH-8093 Zuerich (Switzerland)); Hunziker, J. (Laboratorium fuer Festkoerperphysik, ETH-Hoenggerberg, CH-8093 Zuerich (Switzerland)); Vonlanthen, P. (Laboratorium fuer Festkoerperphysik, ETH-Hoenggerberg, CH-8093 Zuerich (Switzerland)); Ott, H.R. (Laboratorium fuer Festkoerperphysik, ETH-Hoenggerberg, CH-8093 Zuerich (Switzerland))


    Ce-Al compounds display a variety of unconventional magnetic properties at low temperatures. This is particularly well demonstrated by the results of our low-frequency NMR studies on CeAl[sub 2], CeAl[sub 3] and Ce[sub 3]Al[sub 11]. Although CeAl[sub 2] orders antiferromagnetically below 3.4 K, the temperature dependence of the spin-lattice relaxation rate follows a Korringa law below 1 K. For CeAl[sub 3], we observe an increase of the line width below 0.9 K, but no indication of a phase transition is discernible from the temperature dependence of the spin-lattice relaxation rate. Ce[sub 3]Al[sub 11] is ferromagnetic below 6.2 K, but develops an antiferromagnetic and modulated structure below 3.3 K. A field of the order of 3 kG, however, appears to stabilize the ferromagnetic phase. Our spectroscopic data are important in view of some of the unusual thermal properties of these materials. ((orig.))

  2. 46 CFR 56.50-105 - Low-temperature piping.


    ... 46 Shipping 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Low-temperature piping. 56.50-105 Section 56.50-105 Shipping COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) MARINE ENGINEERING PIPING SYSTEMS AND APPURTENANCES Design Requirements Pertaining to Specific Systems § 56.50-105 Low-temperature piping. (a) Class...

  3. Low temperature magnetic force microscopy on ferromagnetic and superconducting oxides

    Sirohi, Anshu; Sheet, Goutam


    We report the observation of complex ferromagnetic domain structures on thin films of SrRuO3 and superconducting vortices in high temperature superconductors through low temperature magnetic force microscopy. Here we summarize the experimental details and results of magnetic imaging at low temperatures and high magnetic fields. We discuss these data in the light of existing theoretical concepts.

  4. Low temperature barrier wellbores formed using water flushing

    McKinzie, II; John, Billy [Houston, TX; Keltner, Thomas Joseph [Spring, TX


    A method of forming an opening for a low temperature well is described. The method includes drilling an opening in a formation. Water is introduced into the opening to displace drilling fluid or indigenous gas in the formation adjacent to a portion of the opening. Water is produced from the opening. A low temperature fluid is applied to the opening.

  5. Low Temperature Photoluminescence (PL) from High Electron Mobility Transistors (HEMTs)


    TECHNICAL REPORT RDMR-WD-14-55 LOW TEMPERATURE PHOTOLUMINESCENCE (PL) FROM HIGH ELECTRON MOBILITY TRANSISTORS (HEMTS...DATE March 2015 3. REPORT TYPE AND DATES COVERED Final 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Low Temperature Photoluminescence (PL) From High Electron...temperature Photoluminescence (PL) from High Electron Mobility Transistor (HEMT) structures that have been modified by proton irradiation. The samples are

  6. The Development of the Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Facility

    Chui, T.; Holmes, W.; Lai, A.; Croonquist, A.; Eraker, J.; Abbott, R.; Mills, G.; Mohl, J.; Craig, J.; Balachandra, B.; hide


    We describe the design and development of the Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Facility, which is intended to provide long duration (4.5 months) low temperature (1.4K) and microgravity conditions for scientists to perform breakthrough investigations on board the International Space Station.

  7. Low temperature gaseous surface hardening of stainless steel

    Christiansen, Thomas; Somers, Marcel A. J.


    The present contribtion gives an overview of some of the technological aspects of low temperature thermochemical treatment of stainless steel. Examples of low temperature gaseous nitriding, carburising and nitrocarburising of stainless steel are presented and discussed. In particular......, the morphology, microstructure and characteristics of so-called expanded austenite "layers" on stainless steel are addressed....

  8. Low temperature gaseous surface hardening of stainless steel

    Christiansen, Thomas; Somers, Marcel A. J.


    The present contribution gives an overview of some of the technological aspects of low temperature thermochemical treatment of stainless steel. Examples of low temperature gaseous nitriding, carburising and nitrocarburising of stainless steel are presented and discussed. In particular......, the morphology, microstructure and characteristics of so-called expanite “layers” on stainless steel are addressed....

  9. Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes by MWPCVD at Low Temperature

    王升高; 汪建华; 王传新; 马志彬; 满卫东


    Growth of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) at low temperature is very important to the applications of nanotubes. In this paper, under the catalytic effect of cobalt nanoparticles supported by SiO2, CNTs were synthesized by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MWPCVD)below 500℃. It demonstrates that MWPCVD can be a very efficient process for the synthesis of CNTs at low temperature.

  10. Oxyhydrogen burner for low-temperature flame fusion

    Ueltzen, M.; Brüggenkamp, T.; Franke, M.; Altenburg, H.


    An oxyhydrogen burner as described in this article enables the growth of crystals by Verneuil's technique at temperatures of about 1000 °C. The powder fed to the crystal passes along a low-temperature pathway through the flame, so that evaporation of volatile components is prevented. Low-temperature flame fusion of superconducting Y-Ba-cuprate is reported.

  11. Bottom-up processing and low temperature transport properties of polycrystalline SnSe

    Ge, Zhen-Hua; Wei, Kaya; Lewis, Hutton [Department of Physics, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620 (United States); Martin, Joshua [Materials Measurement Science Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States); Nolas, George S., E-mail: [Department of Physics, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620 (United States)


    A hydrothermal approach was employed to efficiently synthesize SnSe nanorods. The nanorods were consolidated into polycrystalline SnSe by spark plasma sintering for low temperature electrical and thermal properties characterization. The low temperature transport properties indicate semiconducting behavior with a typical dielectric temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity. The transport properties are discussed in light of the recent interest in this material for thermoelectric applications. The nanorod growth mechanism is also discussed in detail. - Graphical abstract: SnSe nanorods were synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method through a bottom-up approach. Micron sized flower-like crystals changed to nanorods with increasing hydrothermal temperature. Low temperature transport properties of polycrystalline SnSe, after SPS densification, were reported for the first time. This bottom-up synthetic approach can be used to produce phase-pure dense polycrystalline materials for thermoelectrics applications. - Highlights: • SnSe nanorods were synthesized by a simple and efficient hydrothermal approach. • The role of temperature, time and NaOH content was investigated. • SPS densification allowed for low temperature transport properties measurements. • Transport measurements indicate semiconducting behavior.

  12. Fundamental study of novel mid-and low-temperature solar thermochemical energy conversion


    A new approach to application of mid-and low-temperature solar thermochemical technology was in-troduced and investigated.Concentrated solar thermal energy in the range of 150―300℃ can be effi-ciently converted into high-grade solar fuel by integrating this technique with the endothermic reaction of hydrocarbons.The conversion mechanism of upgrading the low-grade solar thermal energy to high-grade chemical energy was examined based on the energy level.The new mechanism was used to integrate two novel solar thermal power systems:A solar/methanol fuel hybrid thermal power plant and a solar-hybrid combined cycle with inherent CO2 separation using chemical-looping combustion,for developing highly efficient solar energy use to generate electricity.An innovative prototype of a 5-kW solar receiver/reactor,as the key process for realizing the proposed system,was designed and manu-factured.Furthermore,experimental validation of energy conversion of the mid-and low-temperature solar thermochemical processes were conducted.In addition,a second practical and viable approach to the production of hydrogen,in combination with the novel mid-and low-temperature solar thermo-chemical process,was proposed and demonstrated experimentally in the manufactured solar re-ceiver/reactor prototype through methanol steam reforming.The results obtained here indicate that the development of mid-and low-temperature solar thermochemical technology may provide a promising and new direction to efficient utilization of low-grade solar thermal energy,and may enable step-wise approaches to cost-effective,globally scalable solar energy systems.

  13. Fundamental study of novel mid- and low-temperature solar thermochemical energy conversion

    JIN HongGuang; HONG Hui; SUI Jun; LIU QiBin


    A new approach to application of mid- and low-temperature solar thermochemical technology was in-troduced and investigated. Concentrated solar thermal energy in the range of 150--300℃ can be effi-ciently converted into high-grade solar fuel by integrating this technique with the endothermic reaction of hydrocarbons. The conversion mechanism of upgrading the low-grade solar thermal energy to high-grade chemical energy was examined based on the energy level. The new mechanism was used to integrate two novel solar thermal power systems: A solar/methanol fuel hybrid thermal power plant and a solar-hybrid combined cycle with inherent CO2 separation using chemical-looping combustion, for developing highly efficient solar energy use to generate electricity. An innovative prototype of a 5-kW solar receiver/reactor, as the key process for realizing the proposed system, was designed and manu-factured. Furthermore, experimental validation of energy conversion of the mid- and low-temperature solar thermochemical processes were conducted. In addition, a second practical and viable approach to the production of hydrogen, in combination with the novel mid- and low-temperature solar thermo-chemical process, was proposed and demonstrated experimentally in the manufactured solar re-ceiver/reactor prototype through methanol steam reforming. The results obtained here indicate that the development of mid- and low-temperature solar thermochemical technology may provide a promising and new direction to efficient utilization of low-grade solar thermal energy, and may enable step-wise approaches to cost-effective, globally scalable solar energy systems.

  14. Low Temperature Curing of Hydrogen Silsesquioxane Surface Coatings for Corrosion Protection of Aluminum

    Lampert, Felix; Jensen, Annemette Hindhede; Møller, Per


    Hydrogen Silsesquioxane (HSQ) has shown to be a promising precursor for corrosion protective glass coatings for metallic substrates due to the excellent barrier properties of the films, especially in the application of protective coatings for aluminum in the automotive industry where high chemical...... stability in alkaline environments is required. The coatings have been successfully applied to stainless steel substrates. However the traditional thermal curing of HSQ involves heating to elevated temperatures, which are beyond those applicable for most industrial applications of aluminum. In this study...... low temperature processes are tested and evaluated as possible alternatives to the traditional high temperature cure. Thin HSQ films are deposited onsilicon wafers to model the degree of curing induced by the low temperature methods in comparison to thermal curing.Furthermore, the coatings are applied...

  15. Low-temperature softening in body-centered cubic alloys

    Pink, E.; Arsenault, R. J.


    In the low-temperature range, bcc alloys exhibit a lower stress-temperature dependence than the pure base metals. This effect often leads to a phenomenon that is called 'alloy softening': at low temperatures, the yield stress of an alloy may be lower than that of the base metal. Various theories are reviewed; the most promising are based either on extrinsic or intrinsic models of low-temperature deformation. Some other aspects of alloy softening are discussed, among them the effects on the ductile-brittle transition temperature.

  16. Micromachined Active Magnetic Regenerator for Low Temperature Magnetic Coolers Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — NASA's future science missions to investigate the structure and evolution of the universe require highly efficient, very low temperature coolers for low noise...

  17. Total Dose Effects on Bipolar Integrated Circuits at Low Temperature

    Johnston, A. H.; Swimm, R. T.; Thorbourn, D. O.


    Total dose damage in bipolar integrated circuits is investigated at low temperature, along with the temperature dependence of the electrical parameters of internal transistors. Bandgap narrowing causes the gain of npn transistors to decrease far more at low temperature compared to pnp transistors, due to the large difference in emitter doping concentration. When irradiations are done at temperatures of -140 deg C, no damage occurs until devices are warmed to temperatures above -50 deg C. After warm-up, subsequent cooling shows that damage is then present at low temperature. This can be explained by the very strong temperature dependence of dispersive transport in the continuous-time-random-walk model for hole transport. For linear integrated circuits, low temperature operation is affected by the strong temperature dependence of npn transistors along with the higher sensitivity of lateral and substrate pnp transistors to radiation damage.

  18. 2014 Low-Temperature and Coproduced Geothermal Resources Fact Sheet

    Tim Reinhardt, Program Manager


    As a growing sector of geothermal energy development, the Low-Temperature Program supports innovative technologies that enable electricity production and cascaded uses from geothermal resources below 300° Fahrenheit.

  19. Lightweight Superconducting Magnets for Low Temperature Magnetic Coolers Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — NASA's future science missions to investigate the structure and evolution of the universe require efficient, very low temperature coolers for low noise detector...

  20. Low-temperature intracrystalline deformation microstructures in quartz

    Derez, Tine; Pennock, Gill; Drury, Martyn; Sintubin, Manuel

    A review of numerous genetic interpretations of the individual low-temperature intracrystalline deformation microstructures in quartz shows that there is no consensus concerning their formation mechanisms. Therefore, we introduce a new, purely descriptive terminology for the three categories of

  1. Micromachined Active Magnetic Regenerator for Low Temperature Magnetic Coolers Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — NASA's future science missions to investigate the structure and evolution of the universe require highly efficient, very low temperature coolers for low noise...

  2. Transcriptional responses of olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus to low temperature.

    Jinwei Hu

    Full Text Available The olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus is an economically important flatfish in marine aquaculture with a broad thermal tolerance ranging from 14 to 23°C. Cold-tolerant flounder that can survive during the winter season at a temperature of less than 14°C might facilitate the understanding of the mechanisms underlying the response to cold stress. In this study, the transcriptional response of flounder to cold stress (0.7±0.05°C was characterized using RNA sequencing. Transcriptome sequencing was performed using the Illumina MiSeq platform for the cold-tolerant (CT group, which survived under the cold stress; the cold-sensitive (CS group, which could barely survive at the low temperature; and control group, which was not subjected to cold treatment. In all, 29,021 unigenes were generated. Compared with the unigene expression profile of the control group, 410 unigenes were up-regulated and 255 unigenes were down-regulated in the CT group, whereas 593 unigenes were up-regulated and 289 unigenes were down-regulated in the CS group. Gene Ontology and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes analyses revealed that signal transduction, lipid metabolism, digestive system, and signaling molecules and interaction were the most highly enriched pathways for the genes that were differentially expressed under cold stress. All these pathways could be assigned to the following four biological functions for flounder that can survive under cold stress: signal response to cold stress, cell repair/regeneration, energy production, and cell membrane construction and fluidity.

  3. Interaction of Low Temperature Plasmas with Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells

    Laroussi, Mounir


    Due to promising possibilities for their use in medical applications such as wound healing, surface modification of biocompatible materials, and the sterilization of reusable heat-sensitive medical instruments, low temperature plasmas and plasma jets are making big strides as a technology that can potentially be used in medicine^1-2. At this stage of research, fundamental questions about the effects of plasma on prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells are still not completely answered. An in-depth understanding of the pathway whereby cold plasma interact with biological cells is necessary before real applications can emerge. In this paper, first an overview of non-equilibrium plasma sources (both low and high pressures) will be presented. Secondly, the effects of plasma on bacterial cells will be discussed. Here, the roles of the various plasma agents in the inactivation process will be outlined. In particular, the effects of UV and that of various reactive species (O3, O, OH) are highlighted. Thirdly, preliminary findings on the effects of plasma on few types of eukaryotic cells will be presented. How plasma affects eukaryotic cells, such as mammalian cells, is very important in applications where the viability/preservation of the cells could be an issue (such as in wound treatment). Another interesting aspect is the triggering of apoptosis (programmed cell death). Some investigators have claimed that plasma is able to induce apoptosis in some types of cancer cells. If successfully replicated, this can open up a novel method of cancer treatment. In this talk however, I will briefly focus more on the wound healing potential of cold plasmas. ^1E. A. Blakely, K. A. Bjornstad, J. E. Galvin, O. R. Monteiro, and I. G. Brown, ``Selective Neuron Growth on Ion Implanted and Plasma Deposited Surfaces'', In Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. Plasma Sci., (2002), p. 253. ^2M. Laroussi, ``Non-thermal Decontamination of Biological Media by Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas: Review, Analysis, and

  4. Preliminary low temperature tests of a digital signal processor

    Zebulum, Ricardo S.; Ramesham, Rajeshuni; Stoica, Adrian; Keymeulen, Didier; Daud, Taher; Sekanina, Lukas


    This paper describes an initial experiment performed to assess the electrical behavior of the Innovative Integration board containing a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) with its JTAG (Blackhawk) connector at low temperatures. The objective of the experiment is to determine the lowest temperature at which the DSP can operate. The DSP was tested at various low-temperatures and a Genetic Algorithm was used as the DSP test program.

  5. Oxidation Degradation of Aqueous Carbofuran Induced by Low Temperature Plasma

    Pu, Lumei; Gao, Jinzhang; Hu, Yusen; Liang, Huiguang; Xiao, Wen; Wang, Xingmin


    The oxidative degradation of aqueous carbofuran, a heavily used toxic carbamate insecticide by low temperature plasma, was investigated. The results show that the treatment efficiency increases with the increase in initial concentration. Raising the treatment temperature and changing the pH value can result in enhanced degradation of carbofuran in solution. The results also show that low temperature plasma treatment can effectively remove chemical oxygen demand (COD) of carbofuran in the solution.

  6. Oxidation Degradation of Aqueous Carbofuran Induced by Low Temperature Plasma

    PU Lumei; GAO Jinzhang; HU Yusen; LIANG Huiguang; XIAO Wen; WANG Xingmin


    The oxidative degradation of aqueous carbofuran, a heavily used toxic carbamate insecticide by low temperature plasma, was investigated. The results show that the treatment efficiency increases with the increase in initial concentration. Raising the treatment temperature and changing the pH value can result in enhanced degradation of carbofuran in solution. The results also show that low temperature plasma treatment can effectively remove chemical oxygen demand (COD) of carbofuran in the solution.

  7. Low temperature magnetic structure of MnSe

    J B C Efrem D'sa; P A Bhobe; K R Priolkar; A Das; P S R Krishna; P R Sarode; R B Prabhu


    In this paper we report low temperature neutron diffraction studies on MnSe in order to understand the anomalous behaviour of their magnetic and transport properties. Our study indicates that at low temperatures MnSe has two coexisting crystal structures, high temperature NaCl and hexagonal NiAs. NiAs phase appears below 266 K and is antiferromagnetically ordered at all temperatures while the NaCl phase orders antiferromagnetically at 130 K.

  8. Measured Performance of a Low Temperature Air Source Heat Pump

    R.K. Johnson


    A 4-ton Low Temperature Heat Pump (LTHP) manufactured by Hallowell International was installed in a residence near New Haven, Connecticut and monitored over two winters of operation. After attending to some significant service issues, the heat pump operated as designed. This report should be considered a review of the dual compressor “boosted heat pump” technology. The Low Temperature Heat Pump system operates with four increasing levels of capacity (heat output) as the outdoor temperature drops.

  9. Low temperature Hall effect in bismuth chalcogenides thin films

    Kuntsevich, A. Yu.; Gabdullin, A. A.; Prudkogliad, V. A.; Selivanov, Yu. G.; Chizhevskii, E. G.; Pudalov, V. M.


    Bismuth chalcogenides are the most studied 3D topological insulators. As a rule, at low temperatures thin films of these materials demonstrate positive magnetoresistance due to weak antilocalization. Weak antilocalization should lead to resistivity decrease at low temperatures; in experiments, however, resistivity grows as temperature decreases. From transport measurements for several thin films (with various carrier density, thickness, and carrier mobility), and by using purely phenomenologi...

  10. Correlation functions of one-dimensional bosons at low temperature

    Kozlowski, K.K. [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany); Maillet, J.M. [CNRS, ENS Lyon (France). Lab. de Physique; Slavnov, N.A. [Steklov Mathematical Institute, Moscow (Russian Federation)


    We consider the low-temperature limit of the long-distance asymptotic behavior of the finite temperature density-density correlation function in the one-dimensional Bose gas derived recently in the algebraic Bethe Ansatz framework. Our results confirm the predictions based on the Luttinger liquid and conformal field theory approaches. We also demonstrate that the amplitudes arising in this asymptotic expansion at low-temperature coincide with the amplitudes associated with the so-called critical form factors. (orig.)

  11. Geometric Characteristics of Methane Steam Reforming with Low Temperature Heat Source

    Shin, Gahui; Yun, Jinwon; Yu, Sangseok [Chungnam Nat’l Univ., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    In a hybrid fuel cell system, low-temperature reforming technology, which uses waste heat as a heat source, is applied to improve system efficiency. A low temperature reformer is required to optimize geometry in low thermal conditions so that the reformer can achieve the proper methane conversion rate. This study analyzed internal temperature distributions and the reaction patterns of a reformer by considering the change of the shape factor on the limited heat supply condition. Unlike the case of a high temperature reformer, analysis showed that the reaction of a low temperature reformer takes place primarily in the high temperature region of the reactor exit. In addition, it was confirmed that the efficiency can be improved by reducing the GHSV (gas hourly space velocity) or increasing the heat transfer area in the radial direction. Through reacting characteristic analysis, according to change of the aspect ratio, it was confirmed that a low temperature reformer can improve the efficiency by increasing the heat transfer in the radial direction, rather than in the longitudinal direction.

  12. Multi-isotopic system geochronology of low temperature eclogite from Huangzhen, Southern Dabie Terrain

    CHEN Daogong; E. Deloule; CHENG Hao; XIA Qunke; WU Yuanbao


    Zircon U-Pb thermal ionization mass-spectrometer (TIMS) and secondary ion mass-spectrometer (SIMS) dating, mica and amphibole 40Ar-39Ar dating and mineral Sm-Nd isotopic compositions of Huangzhen Iow temperature eclogite and country granitic gneiss are carried out. The zircon U-Pb weighted average SIMS age is (231.6±9.7) Ma for one eclogite.The mica 40Ar-39Ar isochron age is (232.6±2.1) Ma and the lowest plateau age is (221.7±2.4)Ma from same sample. U-Pb TIMS concordant ages from other eclogite zircons are from (221.3± 1.4) Ma to (222.5±2.3) Ma. U-Pb SIMS low intercept age from country granitic gneiss is (221±35) Ma. The retrograde amphibole 40Ar-39Ar isochron age is (205.9± 1.0) Ma. Except for mica,which may contain excess 40Ar, all the ages represent peak and retrograde metamorphism of low temperature eclogites. It is indicated that the Huangzhen low temperature eclogites differ from Xiongdian low temperature eclogites of north of the Northern Dabie Terrain in metamorphic ages.Huangzhen low temperature eclogites share one coherent HP-UHP terrain with high temperature eclogites from Southern Dabie Terrain and they may have differences in subduction depth and cooling rates during exhumation.

  13. Conversion of medium and low temperature heat to power

    Fischer, Johann; Wendland, Martin; Lai, Ngoc Anh


    improvement. Presently, the best feasible systems seem to be ORC cycles using WF with a nearly vertical dew line in the T,s-diagram as HFO-1234yf, n-butane or cyclopentane and upper pressures close below or above (sORC) the critical pressure. Finally, we will consider the above cycles also with mixtures as WF including the Kalina cycle and coupled processes like cascade or multistage processes. [1] B Saleh, G Koglbauer, M Wendland, J Fischer, Working fluids for low temperature ORC-processes, Energy 32, 1210-21 (2007). [2] N A Lai, J Fischer, Efficiencies of Power Flash Cycles, Energy 44, 1017-27 (2012). [3] T Ho, S S Mao, R Greif, Comparison of the Organic Flash Cycle (OFC) to other advanced vapor cycles for intermediate and high temperature waste heat reclamation and solar thermal energy, Energy 42, 213-23 (2012).

  14. Physical properties of dense, low-temperature plasmas

    Redmer, Ronald


    Plasmas occur in a wide range of the density-temperature plane. The physical quantities can be expressed by Green's functions which are evaluated by means of standard quantum statistical methods. The influences of many-particle effects such as dynamic screening and self-energy, structure factor and local-field corrections, formation and decay of bound states, degeneracy and Pauli exclusion principle are studied. As a basic concept for partially ionized plasmas, a cluster decomposition is performed for the self-energy as well as for the polarization function. The general model of a partially ionized plasma interpolates between low-density, nonmetallic systems such as atomic vapors and high-density, conducting systems such as metals or fully ionized plasmas. The equations of state, including the location of the critical point and the shape of the coexistence curve, are determined for expanded alkali-atom and mercury fluids. The occurrence of a metal-nonmetal transition near the critical point of the liquid-vapor phase transition leads in these materials to characteristic deviations from the behavior of nonconducting fluids such as the inert gases. Therefore, a unified approach is needed to describe the drastic changes of the electronic properties as well as the variation of the physical properties with the density. Similar results are obtained for the hypothetical plasma phase transition in hydrogen plasma. The transport coefficients (electrical and thermal conductivity, thermopower) are studied within linear response theory given here in the formulation of Zubarev which is valid for arbitrary degeneracy and yields the transport coefficients for the limiting cases of nondegenerate, weakly coupled plasmas (Spitzer theory) as well as degenerate, strongly coupled plasmas (Ziman theory). This linear response method is applied to partially ionized systems such as dense, low-temperature plasmas. Here, the conductivity changes from nonmetallic values up to those typical for

  15. Lauric and palmitic acids eutectic mixture as latent heat storage material for low temperature heating applications

    Tuncbilek, K.; Sari, A. [Gaziosmanpasa Univ., Tokat (Turkey). Dept. of Chemistry; Tarhan, S.; Erguenes, G. [Gaziosmanpasa Univ., Tokat (Turkey). Dept. of Agricultural Machinery; Kaygusuz, K. [Karadeniz Technical Univ., Trabzon (Turkey). Dept. of Chemistry


    Palmitic acid (PA, 59.8 {sup o}C) and lauric acid (LA, 42.6 {sup o}C) are phase change materials (PCM) having quite high melting temperatures which can limit their use in low temperature solar applications such as solar space heating and greenhouse heating. However, their melting temperatures can be tailored to appropriate value by preparing a eutectic mixture of the lauric and the palmitic acids. In the present study, the thermal analysis based on differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) technique shows that the mixture of 69.0 wt% LA and 31 wt% PA forms a eutectic mixture having melting temperature of 35.2 {sup o}C and the latent heat of fusion of 166.3 J g{sup -1}. This study also considers the experimental determination of the thermal characteristics of the eutectic mixture during the heat charging and discharging processes. Radial and axial temperature distribution, heat transfer coefficient between the heat transfer fluid (HTF) pipe and the PCM, heat recovery rate and heat charging and discharging fractions were experimentally established employing a vertical concentric pipe-in-pipe energy storage system. The changes of these characteristics were evaluated with respect to the effect of inlet HTF temperature and mass flow rate. The DSC thermal analysis and the experimental results indicate that the LA-PA eutectic mixture can be a potential material for low temperature thermal energy storage applications in terms of its thermo-physical and thermal characteristics. (author)

  16. Lauric and myristic acids eutectic mixture as phase change material for low-temperature heating applications

    Keles, Sadat; Kaygusuz, Kamil [Karadeniz Technical Univ., Dept. of Chemistry, Trabzon (Turkey); Sari, Ahmet [Gaziosmanpasa Univ., Dept. of Chemistry, Tokat (Turkey)


    Lauric acid (m.p.: 42.6 deg C) and myristic acid (m.p.: 52.2 deg C) are phase change materials (PCM) having quite high melting points which can limit their use in low-temperature solar applications such as solar space heating and greenhouse heating. However, their melting temperatures can be tailored to appropriate value by preparing a eutectic mixture of lauric acid (LA) and myristic acid (MA). In the present study, the thermal analysis based on differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) technique shows that the mixture of 66.0 wt% LA forms a eutectic mixture having melting temperature of 34.2 deg C and the latent heat of fusion of 166.8 J g{sup -1} . This study also considers the experimental establishment of thermal characteristics of the eutectic PCM in a vertical concentric pipe-in-pipe heat storage system. Thermal performance of the PCM was evaluated with respect to the effect of inlet temperature and mass flow rate of the heat transfer fluid on those characteristics during the heat charging and discharging processes. The DSC thermal analysis and the experimental results indicate that the LA-MA eutectic PCM can be potential material for low-temperature solar energy storage applications in terms of its thermo-physical and thermal characteristics. (Author)

  17. Lauric and palmitic acids eutectic mixture as latent heat storage material for low temperature heating applications

    Kadir Tuncbilek; Ahmet Sari [Gaziosmanpasa University, Tokat (Turkey). Dept. of Chemistry; Sefa Tarhan; Gazanfer Ergunes [Gaziosmanpasa University, Tokat (Turkey). Dept. of Agricultural Machinery; Kamil Kaygusuz [Karadeniz University, Trabzon (Turkey). Dept. of Chemistry


    Palmitic acid (PA, 59.8{sup o}C) and lauric acid (LA, 42.6{sup o}C) are phase change materials (PCM) having quite high melting temperatures which can limit their use in low temperature solar applications such as solar space heating and greenhouse heating. However, their melting temperatures can be tailored to appropriate value by preparing a eutectic mixture of the lauric and the palmitic acids. In the present study, the thermal analysis based on differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) technique shows that the mixture of 69.0 wt% LA and 31 wt% PA forms a eutectic mixture having melting temperature of 35.2 {sup o}C and the latent heat of fusion of 166.3 J g{sup -1}. This study also considers the experimental determination of the thermal characteristics of the eutectic mixture during the heat charging and discharging processes. Radial and axial temperature distribution, heat transfer coefficient between the heat transfer fluid (HTF) pipe and the PCM, heat recovery rate and heat charging and discharging fractions were experimentally established employing a vertical concentric pipe-in-pipe energy storage system. The changes of these characteristics were evaluated with respect to the effect of inlet HTF temperature and mass flow rate. The DSC thermal analysis and the experimental results indicate that the LA-PA eutectic mixture can be a potential material for low temperature thermal energy storage applications in terms of its thermo-physical and thermal characteristics. (author)

  18. Inkjet printed paper based frequency selective surfaces and skin mounted RFID tags: The interrelation between silver nanoparticle ink, paper substrate and low temperature sintering technique

    Sanchez-Romaguera, V.; Wünscher, S.; Turki, B.M.; Abbel, R.; Barbosa, S.; Tate, D.J.; Oyeka, D.; Batchelor, J.C.; Parker, E.A.; Schubert, U.S.; Yeates, S.G.


    Inkjet printing of functional frequency selective surfaces (FSS) and radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on commercial paper substrates using silver nanoparticle inks sintered using low temperature thermal, plasma and photonic techniques is reported. Printed and sintered FSS devices demonstra

  19. Research Status Quo and Future of Low Temperature Wheat Genotypes


    Low temperature wheat genotypes are a group of wheat with a slightly low canopy (plant) temperature, and the research on their biological characters and utilization in wheat breeding has been done at home and abroad for more than 20 years, and has made great progress. The research contents and advances include the following respects: Wheat genotypes with slightly low canopy temperature have been verified to exist in nature; these wheat genotypes, which present cold temperature, are superior to conventional wheat materials in some important biological characters and particularly prominently in metabolic function and cellular structure; when they suffer stresses such as drought, high temperature and overcast and rainy weather, they still retain their superiority in some of their important biological characters and therefore have a wide range of ecological adaptability; slightly low canopy temperatures of these genotypes are closely correlated with low temperatures of their second heat sources and their vigorous plants; since their low canopy temperatures can be inherited, they can exert favorable influence on the temperatures of their offspring while crossing with other wheat materials, and in particular, the discovery of cold-source wheat as a contributor to low temperature, has further formed good conditions for breeding high and stable quality low temperature wheat varieties with a high and stable yield. Thus, low temperature wheat genotypes are of great research importance and have great prospects.

  20. Distortion behavior of heat-activated acrylic denture-base resin in conventional and long, low-temperature processing methods.

    Kawara, M; Komiyama, O; Kimoto, S; Kobayashi, N; Kobayashi, K; Nemoto, K


    There have been many reports on fatal distortion of heat-activated acrylic denture-base resin which is still widely used in the field of removable prosthodontics. However, these reports have failed to report quantitatively on polymerization and thermal shrinkage factors. In the present study, we attempted to verify that the shrinkage of heat-activated acrylic denture-base resin was caused mainly by thermal contraction after processing. Furthermore, we examined the degree of distortion resulting from long, low-temperature processing, and compared the results with that of the conventional method. The strain gauge and thermo-couple were embedded in a specimen at the time of resin packing. The measurement started from the beginning of processing and continued until the specimen was bench-cooled and immediately before and after it was de-flasked, as well as during seven-day immersion in water at 37 degrees C. The resin expanded when processed by the conventional method. Meanwhile, mild shrinkage, possibly polymerization shrinkage, was observed when the resin was processed by the low-temperature method. This suggested that polymerization shrinkage was compensated for by thermal expansion during processing by the conventional method. Moreover, the shrinkage strains in the period from the completion of processing to immediately after de-flasking, in both the conventional and low-temperature methods, were identical to the theoretical value of thermal shrinkage which we obtained by multiplying the linear coefficients of thermal expansion by temperature differences. The shrinkage strain in the specimen processed by the low-temperature method, measured from the end of processing to immediately after de-flasking, averaged 64% of that in the specimen processed by the conventional method. The results revealed quantitatively that the shrinkage of heat-activated acrylic denture-base resin was mainly thermal shrinkage, and demonstrated the advantage of the low-temperature method in

  1. Ultrafine ferromagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles: Facile synthesis by low temperature decomposition of iron glycerolate

    Bartůněk, Vilém, E-mail: [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Chemistry and Technology, Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Průcha, David [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Chemistry and Technology, Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Švecová, Marie [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, University of Chemistry and Technology, Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Ulbrich, Pavel [Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology, University of Chemistry and Technology, Technická 3, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Huber, Štěpán; Sedmidubský, David; Jankovský, Ondřej [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Chemistry and Technology, Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic)


    We synthesized dark colored ultrafine – sub 10 nm iron oxide nanoparticles by a facile and low temperature process based on thermal decomposition of an affordable precursor – iron glycerolate. Simultaneous thermal analysis (STA) was used to study the thermal behaviour during the decomposition. The iron glycerolate was thoroughly analysed by various methods. The size of the iron nanoparticles was determined from XRD patterns and by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and their composition has been confirmed by XPS. Magnetic properties of the nanoparticles were studied by vibrating sample magnetometry. The prepared single phase material exhibiting ferromagnetic properties is usable in a wide range of applications and may be suitable even for large scale industrial applications. - Highlights: • Iron glycerolate prepared and characterised. • Iron oxide nanoparticles prepared by thermal decomposition of iron glycerolate. • STA used to study the decomposition. • Products characterised by XRD, XPS, FT-IR, SEM and TEM. • Magnetic behaviour of monophasic samples determined.

  2. Catalytic CVD of SWCNTs at Low Temperatures and SWCNT Devices

    Seidel, Robert; Liebau, Maik; Unger, Eugen; Graham, Andrew P.; Duesberg, Georg S.; Kreupl, Franz; Hoenlein, Wolfgang; Pompe, Wolfgang


    New results on the planar growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) by catalytic chemical vapor deposition (CVD) at low temperatures will be reported. Optimizing catalyst, catalyst support, and growth parameters yields SWCNTs at temperatures as low as 600 °C. Growth at such low temperatures largely affects the diameter distribution since coalescence of the catalyst is suppressed. A phenomenological growth model will be suggested for CVD growth at low temperatures. The model takes into account surface diffusion and is an alternative to the bulk diffusion based vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) model. Furthermore, carbon nanotubes field effect transistors based on substrate grown SWCNTs will be presented. In these devices good contact resistances could be achieved by electroless metal deposition or metal evaporation of the contacts.

  3. Low Temperature Shape Memory Alloys for Adaptive, Autonomous Systems Project

    Falker, John; Zeitlin, Nancy; Williams, Martha; Benafan, Othmane; Fesmire, James


    The objective of this joint activity between Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Glenn Research Center (GRC) is to develop and evaluate the applicability of 2-way SMAs in proof-of-concept, low-temperature adaptive autonomous systems. As part of this low technology readiness (TRL) activity, we will develop and train low-temperature novel, 2-way shape memory alloys (SMAs) with actuation temperatures ranging from 0 C to 150 C. These experimental alloys will also be preliminary tested to evaluate their performance parameters and transformation (actuation) temperatures in low- temperature or cryogenic adaptive proof-of-concept systems. The challenge will be in the development, design, and training of the alloys for 2-way actuation at those temperatures.

  4. Low-temperature random matrix theory at the soft edge

    Edelman, Alan; Persson, Per-Olof; Sutton, Brian D.


    "Low temperature" random matrix theory is the study of random eigenvalues as energy is removed. In standard notation, β is identified with inverse temperature, and low temperatures are achieved through the limit β → ∞. In this paper, we derive statistics for low-temperature random matrices at the "soft edge," which describes the extreme eigenvalues for many random matrix distributions. Specifically, new asymptotics are found for the expected value and standard deviation of the general-β Tracy-Widom distribution. The new techniques utilize beta ensembles, stochastic differential operators, and Riccati diffusions. The asymptotics fit known high-temperature statistics curiously well and contribute to the larger program of general-β random matrix theory.

  5. Low-temperature electron microscopy: techniques and protocols.

    Fleck, Roland A


    Low-temperature electron microscopy endeavors to provide "solidification of a biological specimen by cooling with the aim of minimal displacement of its components through the use of low temperature as a physical fixation strategy" (Steinbrecht and Zierold, Cryotechniques in biological electron microscopy. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, p 293, 1987). The intention is to maintain confidence that the tissue observed retains the morphology and dimensions of the living material while also ensuring soluble cellular components are not displaced. As applied to both scanning and transmission electron microscopy, cryo-electron microscopy is a strategy whereby the application of low-temperature techniques are used to reduce or remove processing artifacts which are commonly encountered in more conventional room temperature electron microscopy techniques which rely heavily on chemical fixation and heavy metal staining. Often, cryo-electron microscopy allows direct observation of specimens, which have not been stained or chemically fixed.

  6. Rheological effects of commercial waxes and polyphosphoric acid in bitumen 160/220 low temperature performance

    Ylva Edwards; Yuksel Tasdemir; Ulf Isacsson [Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm (Sweden). Division of Highway Engineering


    Effects of adding three commercial waxes and a polyphosphoric acid to three bitumens of 160/220 penetration grade were studied using different types of laboratory equipment, such as dynamic shear rheometer (DSR), bending beam rheometer (BBR), differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), force ductilometer (FD) as well as equipment for determining conventional parameters like penetration, softening point and Fraass breaking point. The paper deals with low-temperature effects, which could influence the thermal cracking resistance of asphalt concrete pavements. The results show that magnitude and type of effect on bitumen rheology depend on the bitumen itself as well as type and amount of additive used. Bitumen composition was found to be of decisive importance. Adding polyethylene wax or polyphosphoric acid, especially to non-waxy 160/220-penetration grade bitumen, showed positive effects on the rheological behaviour at low temperatures. 24 refs., 6 figs., 5 tabs.

  7. Solution-route low-temperature fabrication of thin-film p-n junctions

    Panamá, Gustavo; Ayag, Kevin; Kim, Hongdoo


    In this work, p-n junctions were fabricated at low temperature by means of UV-assisted thermal annealing. At 200 °C, remarkable rectifying and optical properties were observed due to the conversion of the sol-gel precursors to oxide films, which was aided by UV exposure. The resulting p-NiO/n-ZnO structures are featured as the thinnest ever reported (≈55 nm) based on a solution process with a large forward electrical current 10 -2 -10 -1 A cm-2 and the lowest leakage current (1 μA cm-2). UV light and precursor solution engineering contributed to form metal-oxide bonding at relatively low temperature in ambient conditions. The heterojunctions fabricated by the proper combination of these alternatives and simple processes were evaluated using UV-vis and FT-IR spectroscopy, FE-SEM, AFM, XRD, XPS, and I-V curves.

  8. Low Temperature Synthesis of Rutile TiO2 Nanocrystals and Their Photovoltaic and Photocatalytic Properties.

    Roy, Subhasis; Han, Gill Sang; Shin, Hyunjung; Lee, Jin Wook; Mun, Jinsoo; Shin, Hyunho; Jung, Hyun Suk


    We report a novel method of synthesizing rutile TiO2 nanocrystals at low temperature (200 degrees C) via a butanol rinsing process followed by heat treatment in an O2 atmosphere. The rutile nanocrystals show uniform size distribution of approximately 20 nm and good crystallinity confirmed by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. A mechanism for the low temperature synthesis of rutile nanocrystals is rationalized in terms of an explosive thermal decomposition reaction of butoxy groups on TiO2 powders with O2 gas. Characterizations of the photovoltaic and photocatalytic properties of rutile nanocrystals exhibited higher photoactivity than large-sized conventional rutile powder, which demonstrates that this novel synthesis technology could expand applications of rutile powders to various photoactive devices beyond solar cells and photocatalysts.

  9. Low Temperature Combustion Demonstrator for High Efficiency Clean Combustion

    Ojeda, William de


    The project which extended from November 2005 to May of 2010 demonstrated the application of Low Temperature Combustion (LTC) with engine out NOx levels of 0.2 g/bhp-hr throughout the program target load of 12.6bar BMEP. The project showed that the range of loads could be extended to 16.5bar BMEP, therefore matching the reference lug line of the base 2007 MY Navistar 6.4L V8 engine. Results showed that the application of LTC provided a dramatic improvement over engine out emissions when compared to the base engine. Furthermore LTC improved thermal efficiency by over 5% from the base production engine when using the steady state 13 mode composite test as a benchmark. The key enablers included improvements in the air, fuel injection, and cooling systems made in Phases I and II. The outcome was the product of a careful integration of each component under an intelligent control system. The engine hardware provided the conditions to support LTC and the controller provided the necessary robustness for a stable combustion. Phase III provided a detailed account on the injection strategy used to meet the high load requirements. During this phase, the control strategy was implemented in a production automotive grade ECU to perform cycle-by-cycle combustion feedback on each of the engine cylinders. The control interacted on a cycle base with the injection system and with the Turbo-EGR systems according to their respective time constants. The result was a unique system that could, first, help optimize the combustion system and maintain high efficiency, and secondly, extend the steady state results to the transient mode of operation. The engine was upgraded in Phase IV with a Variable Valve Actuation system and a hybrid EGR loop. The impact of the more versatile EGR loop did not provide significant advantages, however the application of VVA proved to be an enabler to further extend the operation of LTC and gain considerable benefits in fuel economy and soot reduction. Finally

  10. Topographic evolution of Yosemite Valley from Low Temperature Thermochronology

    Tripathy-Lang, A.; Shuster, D. L.; Cuffey, K. M.; Fox, M.


    In this contribution, we interrogate the timing of km-scale topography development in the region around Yosemite Valley, California. Our goal is to determine when this spectacular glacial valley was carved, and how this might help address controversy surrounding the topographic evolution of the Sierra Nevada. At the scale of the range, two rival hypotheses are each supported by different datasets. Low-temperature thermochronology supports the idea that the range has been high-standing since the Cretaceous, whereas geomorphic evidence suggests that much of the elevation of the Sierra Nevada was attained during the Pliocene. Recent work by McPhillips and Brandon (2012) suggests instead that both ideas are valid, with the range losing much elevation during the Cenozoic, but regaining it during Miocene surface uplift.At the local scale, the classic study of Matthes (1930) determined that most of Yosemite Valley was excavated by the Sherwin-age glaciation that ended ~1 Ma. The consensus view is in agreement, although some argue that nearby comparable valleys comparable were carved long ago (e.g., House et al., 1998). If the Quaternary and younger glaciations were responsible for the bulk of the valley's >1 km depth, we might expect apatite (U-Th)/He ages at the valley floor to be Portal yields an age of ~74 Ma. Valley rim samples yield ages of ca. 60 Ma. To further constrain the timing of valley carving, we have conducted apatite 4He/3He thermochronometry from samples along both the valley floor and rim. By restricting the permissible thermal histories at these locations, these data constrain patterns of valley topography development through time. We also supplement these data with zircon 4He/3He thermochronometry, which is a newly developed method that provides information on continuous cooling paths through ~120-220 °C. We will present both the apatite and zircon 4He/3He data and, in conjunction with thermo-kinematic modeling, discuss the ability and limitations of

  11. Exergy Transfer Characteristics on Low Temperature Heat Exchangers

    Wu, S. Y.; Yuan, X. F.; Li, Y. R.; Peng, L.

    By analyzing exergy transfer process of the low temperature heat exchangers operating below the surrounding temperature, the concept of exergy transfer coefficient is put forward and the expressions which involving relevant variables for the exergy transfer coefficient, the heat transfer units number and the ratio of cold to hot fluids heat capacity rate, etc. are derived. Taking the parallel flow, counter flow and cross flow low temperature heat exchangers as examples, the numerical results of exergy transfer coefficient are given and the comparison of exergy transfer coefficient with heat transfer coefficient is analyzed.

  12. Infrared Behavior of Dipolar Bose Systems at Low Temperatures

    Pastukhov, Volodymyr


    We rigorously discuss the infrared behavior of the uniform three-dimensional dipolar Bose systems. In particular, it is shown that low-temperature physics of the system is controlled by two parameters, namely isothermal compressibility and intensity of the dipole-dipole interaction. By using a hydrodynamic approach, we calculate the spectrum and damping of low-lying excitations and analyze the infrared behavior of the one-particle Green's function. The low-temperature corrections to the anisotropic superfluid density as well as condensate depletion are found. Additionally, we derive equations of the two-fluid hydrodynamics for dipolar Bose systems and calculate velocities of first and second sound.

  13. Pre-incubation and low temperatures in quantitative radioreceptor assays

    Ensing, K.; de Zeeuw, R.A.


    The detection limits of drugs in quantitative RRA are primarily determined by their affinities towards the receptor. Yet, the concentration of radiolabeled ligand, necessary for quantification of receptor-bound drug, increases the theoretical detection limit. Therefore the influences of low temperatures and pre-incubation on the detection limit was studied. Analysis of experimental data suggests that when a well-defined incubation procedure is used, pre-incubation and low temperatures will increase sensitivity without loss of accuracy and precision. 6 references, 2 figures.

  14. Space as a low-temperature regime of graphs

    Conrady, Florian


    I define a statistical model of graphs in which 2-dimensional spaces arise at low temperature. The configurations are given by graphs with a fixed number of edges and the Hamiltonian is a simple, local function of the graphs. Simulations show that there is a transition between a low-temperature regime in which the graphs form triangulations of 2-dimensional surfaces and a high-temperature regime, where the surfaces disappear. I use data for the specific heat and other observables to discuss whether this is a phase transition. The surface states are analyzed with regard to topology and defects.

  15. Final Report: Wetted Cathodes for Low-Temperature Aluminum Smelting

    Brown, Craig W


    A low-temperature aluminum smelting process being developed differs from the Hall-Heroult process in several significant ways. The low-temperature process employs a more acidic electrolyte than cryolite, an alumina slurry, oxygen-generating metal anodes, and vertically suspended electrodes. Wetted and drained vertical cathodes are crucial to the new process. Such cathodes represent a significant portion of the capital costs projected for the new technology. Although studies exist of wetted cathode technology with Hall-Heoult cells, the differences make such a study desirable with the new process.

  16. Low temperature diffusivity of self-interstitial defects in tungsten

    Swinburne, Thomas D.; Ma, Pui-Wai; Dudarev, Sergei L.


    The low temperature diffusivity of nanoscale crystal defects, where quantum mechanical fluctuations are known to play a crucial role, are essential to interpret observations of irradiated microstructures conducted at cryogenic temperatures. Using density functional theory calculations, quantum heat bath molecular dynamics and open quantum systems theory, we evaluate the low temperature diffusivity of self-interstitial atom clusters in tungsten valid down to temperatures of 1 K. Due to an exceptionally low defect migration barrier, our results show that interstitial defects exhibit very high diffusivity of order {10}3 μ {{{m}}}2 {{{s}}}-1 over the entire range of temperatures investigated.


    Kostyk, V. O.


    Full Text Available Performed is strengthening of the surface layer of steel method of low-temperature carbonitriding in macrodispersed carbo - and nitrogen-bearing powder mixture. Chosen and justified the optimal technological parameters of process developed chemical-thermal processing. The diffusion coefficient of nitrogen alloyed steel 40X for the proposed treatment.

  18. Low Temperature PureB Technology for CMOS Compatible Photodetectors

    Mohammadi, V.


    In this thesis, conventional high temperature (HT, 700 °C) PureB technology is optimized in order to fabricate detectors with improved key parameters such as the spatial uniformity of the responsivity. A novel technology for low temperature (LT, 400 °C) boron deposition is developed providing a unif

  19. Radioluminescence and thermoluminescence of albite at low temperature

    Can, N., E-mail: [Physics Department, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Celal Bayar University, 45140 Muradiye-Manisa (Turkey); Garcia-Guinea, J. [Museo Nacional Ciencias Naturales, Jose Gutierrez Abascal 2, Madrid 28006 (Spain); Kibar, R.; Cetin, A.; Ayvacikli, M. [Physics Department, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Celal Bayar University, 45140 Muradiye-Manisa (Turkey); Townsend, P.D. [Science and Technology, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QH, England (United Kingdom)


    Feldspar as an archaeological and geological natural material for dating and retrospective dosimetry is receiving more and more attention because of its useful luminescence properties. In this study, the 25-280 K thermoluminescence (TL) and radioluminescence (RL) spectra in albite, which is a component of the two main feldspar series, the alkali feldspar (Na, K)AlSi{sub 3}O{sub 8} and the plagioclases (NaAlSi{sub 3}O{sub 8}-CaAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8}) have been presented for aliquots along (001) and (010) crystallographic orientations. There are four main emission bands that are considered to arise from complexes of intrinsic defects linked in larger complexes with impurities such as Na{sup +}, Mn{sup 2+} or Fe{sup 3+} ions. The consequence of their association is to produce different luminescence efficiencies that produce wavelength sensitive TL curves. Radioluminescence data at low temperature for albites is distorted by contributions from the TL sites, even when the RL is run in a cooling cycle. This indicates the potential for a far more general problem for analysis of low temperature RL in insulating materials. - Highlights: > TL and RL spectra in albite were presented for different orientations. > There are 4 emission bands that are considered to arise from complexes of intrinsic. > RL data at low temperature for albite is distorted by contributions from TL sites. > This indicates the potential problem for analysis of low temperature RL.

  20. Dyeing Performance of Soybean Fiber Treated with Low Temperature Plasma

    WANG Li-ming; SHEN Yong; DING Ying; ZHANG Hui-fang


    The soybean fiber was treated with low temperature plasma and the dyeing performance of the treated soybean fiber was also researched. The results show that the speed of dyeing and the percentages of balance dyeing have a sharp increase after being treated. So the dyeing temperature and the dosage of acid can be reduced without damaging the bulk fiber structure.

  1. New polymer electrolytes for low temperature fuel cells

    Sundholm, F.; Elomaa, M.; Ennari, J.; Hietala, S.; Paronen, M. [Univ. of Helsinki (Finland). Lab. of Polymer Chemistry


    Proton conducting polymer membranes for demanding applications, such as low temperature fuel cells, have been synthesised and characterised. Pre-irradiation methods are used to introduce sulfonic acid groups, directly or using polystyrene grafting, in stable, preformed polymer films. The membranes produced in this work show promise for the development of cost-effective, highly conducting membranes. (orig.)

  2. Low Temperature Phonon Properties of Orthorhombic REMnO3

    Liu, Zhenxian; Gao, Peng; Chen, Haiyan; Tyson, Trevor A.


    We present the temperature dependent phonon spectra of orthorhombic-LuMnO3 and DyMnO3. The temperature dependent phonon spectra results are compared with the XAFS measurement results to probe for structural changes in the low temperature region which may coincide with ferroelectric behavior.

  3. On the Interpretation of Low Temperature Calorimetry Data

    Kjeldsen, Ane Mette; Geiker, Mette Rica


    The effect of selected factors and phenomena on Low Temperature Calorimetry (LTC) results has been investigated, in order to determine the possibilities and limitations of using LTC for characterisation of the porosity of cement-based materials. LTC was carried out on a model material with mono...

  4. Localized temperature stability of low temperature cofired ceramics

    Dai, Steven Xunhu


    The present invention is directed to low temperature cofired ceramic modules having localized temperature stability by incorporating temperature coefficient of resonant frequency compensating materials locally into a multilayer LTCC module. Chemical interactions can be minimized and physical compatibility between the compensating materials and the host LTCC dielectrics can be achieved. The invention enables embedded resonators with nearly temperature-independent resonance frequency.


    van Smaalen, Sander; Petricek, Vaclav; de Boer, Jan; Dusek, Michal P.; Verheijen, Marcel A.; Meijer, G.


    The structure of the low-temperature phase of hexagonal close-packed (hcp) grown C70 is determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction at 220 K and 100 K. An ordering of the molecules is found on the orthohexagonal supercell of a hcp structure with symmetry Pbnm. It involves alignment of the molec

  6. Low temperature gaseous nitriding and carburising of stainless steel

    Christiansen, Thomas; Somers, Marcel A.J.


    The response of various austenitic and duplex stainless steel grades to low temperature gaseous nitriding and carburising was investigated. Gaseous nitriding was performed in ammonia/hydrogen mixtures at temperatures ,723 K; gaseous carburising was carried out in carbon monoxide/hydrogen mixtures...

  7. Microstructural Characterization of Low Temperature Gas Nitrided Martensitic Stainless Steel

    Fernandes, Frederico Augusto Pires; Christiansen, Thomas Lundin; Somers, Marcel A. J.


    The present work presents microstructural investigations of the surface zone of low temperature gas nitrided precipitation hardening martensitic stainless steel AISI 630. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction was applied to investigate the present phases after successive removal of very thin sections...

  8. The 2017 Plasma Roadmap: Low temperature plasma science and technology

    Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics published the first Plasma Roadmap in 2012 consisting of the individual perspectives of 16 leading experts in the various sub-fields of low temperature plasma science and technology. The 2017 Plasma Roadmap is the first update of a planned series of periodic upd...

  9. Effective potentials for atom-atom interaction at low temperatures

    Gao, Bo


    We discuss the concept and design of effective atom-atom potentials that accurately describe any physical processes involving only states around the threshold. The existence of such potentials gives hope to a quantitative, and systematic, understanding of quantum few-atom and quantum many-atom systems at relatively low temperatures.

  10. Synthesis of silicon carbide ceramics at low temperatures

    McMillan, S.M.; Brook, R.J. [Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)


    This paper reports observations of the direct transformation of a polymeric precursor into amorphous Si-C, and crystalline SiC at low temperatures, and the use of this precursor as a binder for the productin of SiC composites.

  11. Low-temperature fabricated TFTs on polysilicon stripes

    Brunets, I.; Holleman, J.; Kovalgin, A.Y.; Boogaard, A.; Schmitz, J.


    This paper presents a novel approach to make highperformance CMOS at low temperatures. Fully functional devices are manufactured using back-end compatible substrate temperatures after the deposition of the amorphous-silicon starting material. The amorphous silicon is pretextured to control the locat

  12. Models of Ballistic Propagation of Heat at Low Temperatures

    Kovács, R.; Ván, P.


    Heat conduction at low temperatures shows several effects that cannot be described by the Fourier law. In this paper, the performance of various theories is compared in case of wave-like and ballistic propagation of heat pulses in NaF.

  13. Circulator Integrated in Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramics Technology

    Dijk, R. van; Bent, G. van der; Ashari, M.; McKay, M.


    We present a demonstration of an integrated circulator for TR modules using low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) technology. Two different circulators have been realised to be used in TR modules in two different frequency bands, C-and Ku-band. The circulator is a three-port junction microstrip ty

  14. Low temperature CVD growth of ultrathin carbon films

    Chao Yang


    Full Text Available We demonstrate the low temperature, large area growth of ultrathin carbon films by chemical vapor deposition under atmospheric pressure on various substrates. In particularly, uniform and continuous carbon films with the thickness of 2-5 nm were successfully grown at a temperature as low as 500 oC on copper foils, as well as glass substrates coated with a 100 nm thick copper layer. The characterizations revealed that the low-temperature-grown carbon films consist on few short, curved graphene layers and thin amorphous carbon films. Particularly, the low-temperature grown samples exhibited over 90% transmittance at a wavelength range of 400-750 nm and comparable sheet resistance in contrast with the 1000oC-grown one. This low-temperature growth method may offer a facile way to directly prepare visible ultrathin carbon films on various substrate surfaces that are compatible with temperatures (500-600oC used in several device processing technologies.

  15. Low temperature failure of bulk nanostructured titanium processed by ECAP

    Miskuf, J.; Csach, K.; Jurikova, A.; Ocelik, V.; De Hosson, J. Th. M.; Bengus, V. Z.; Tabachnikova, E. D.; Podolskiy, A. V.; Stolyarov, V. V.; Valiev, R. Z.


    Low temperature yield stress and the failure nanostructured titanium of commercial purity produced by severe plastic deformation were analysed. The mechanical properties for specimens with average grain size 15 mu m, 0.3 mu m and 0.1 mu m were studied under uniaxial compression with strain rate 4 x

  16. Microbial Degradation of Organic Wastes at Low Temperatures.

    K.V. Ramana


    Full Text Available Microbial degradation of organic wastes mainly comprising animal and human wastes, is drastically reduced at extreme low temperatures. For the biodegradation of these wastes, technological inputs are required from disciplines like microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, digester modelling and heat transfer at extreme low temperature climates. Various steps in the process of biodegradation have to be studied to formulate an effective organic waste disposal method. Anaerobic digestion of organic wastes is preferred over aerobic waste treatment method, since it yields biogas as a by-product, which in turn can be utilised for heating the digester contents to increase its efficiency. Furthermore, one of the possibilities that can be explored is the utilisation of high rate anaerobic digesters which maintain temperature by means of artificial heating. It is either met by non-conventional energy sources, such as solar and wind energy, or by expending liquid fuels. In addition, insulation of the digester with polymeric materials and immobilisation of slow growing bacterial population may enhance the digester performance to a great extent. In spite of several developments, inoculum adaptation is considered to be one of the essential steps for low temperature anaerobic digestion to obtain methane as a by-product. With advancements in recombinant DNA technology, it may be possible to increase the efficiency of various microbial population that take part in the anaerobic digestion. However, till date, the options available for low temperature biodegradation are digester insulation, inoculum adaptation, and use of high rate/second-generation digesters.

  17. Heating a chemical current source which operates at low temperature

    Mitsumata, T.; Khosikhara, N.


    A chamber for catalytic ignition of hydrogen or gasoline is installed in a chemical current source. The isolated heat heats the chemical current source with a low temperature of the environment providing its optimal operational conditions. The fuel is fed into the chamber from a tank or chamber located in the body of the chemical current source.

  18. Challenges in Smart Low-Temperature District Heating Development

    Li, Hongwei; Wang, Stephen Jia


    Previous research and development shows that low temperature district heating (LTDH) system is economic feasible for low energy buildings and buildings at sparse areas. Coupling with reduced network temperature and well-designed district heating (DH) networks, LTDH can reduce network heat loss...

  19. Recent progress in low-temperature silicon detectors

    Abreu, M; Berglund, P; Borchi, E; Borer, K; Bruzzi, M; Buontempo, S; Casagrande, L; Chapuy, S; Cindro, V; D'Ambrosio, N; De Masi, R; Devine, S R H; Dezillie, B; Dierlamm, A; Dimcovski, Zlatomir; Eremin, V; Esposito, A; Granata, V; Grigoriev, E; Grohmann, S; Härkönen, J; Hauler, F; Heijne, Erik H M; Heising, S; Hempel, O; Herzog, R; Janos, S; Jungermann, L; Konorov, I; Li, Z; Lourenço, Carlos; Rato-Mendes, P; Menichelli, D; Mikuz, M; Niinikoski, Tapio O; Pagano, S; Palmieri, V G; Paul, S; Pirollo, S; Pretzl, Klaus; Ruggiero, G; Shea, V O; Smith, K; Solano, B P; Sonderegger, Peter; Sousa, P; Tuominen, E; Verbitskaya, E; Watts, S; Wobst, E; Zavrtanik, M; Da Vià, C; de Boer, Wim


    The CERN RD39 Collaboration studies the possibility to extend the detector lifetime in a hostile radiation environment by operating them at low temperatures. The outstanding illustration is the Lazarus effect, which showed a broad operational temperature range around 130 K for neutron irradiated silicon detectors.

  20. Low-temperature crystal structure, specific heat, and dielectric properties of lithium tetraborate Li2B4O7

    Senyshyn, A.; Schwarz, B.; Lorenz, T.; Adamiv, V. T.; Burak, Ya. V.; Banys, J.; Grigalaitis, R.; Vasylechko, L.; Ehrenberg, H.; Fuess, H.


    Coherent neutron powder diffraction experiments were carried out together with specific heat, dilatometry, and dielectric spectroscopy studies on Li2B4O7 enriched with B11 isotope to 99.3% at low temperatures. Neither traces of phase transformations nor discontinuous changes in physical properties were observed. Negative thermal expansion, anomalous thermal behavior of selected interatomic distances/angles, isotropic displacement parameters on specific sites as well as dielectric constant were discussed in terms of dynamic lithium disorder.

  1. Platinum-based nanocomposite electrodes for low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells with extended lifetime

    Lee, Yoon Ho; Cho, Gu Young; Chang, Ikwhang; Ji, Sanghoon; Kim, Young Beom; Cha, Suk Won


    Due to its high catalytic activity and convenient fabrication procedure that uses physical vapor deposition (PVD), nanofabricated platinum (Pt) is widely used for low temperature operating solid oxide fuel cells (LT-SOFC). However, the poor thermal stability of nanofabricated Pt accelerates cell performance degradation. To solve this problem, we apply a thermal barrier coating and use the dispersion hardening process for the nanofabrication of Pt by sputter device. Through morphological and electrochemical data, GDC modified nano-porous Pt electrodes shows improved performance and thermal stability at the operating temperature of 500 °C. While the peak power density of pure Pt sample is 6.16 mW cm-2 with a performance degradation of 43% in an hour, the peak power density of the GDC modified Pt electrodes are in range of 7.42-7.91 mW cm-2 with a 7-16% of performance degradation.

  2. Interpretation of low-temperature data part 4: The low-temperature magnetic transition of monoclinic pyrrhotite

    Rochette, P.; Fillion, G.; Dekkers, M.J.


    Use of low temperature (LT) magnetic transitions to identify magnetic minerals that carry a remanence – either natural or laboratory-induced – at room temperature, is a classic tool in rock magnetism (e.g. Nagata et al., 1964; Kosterov, 2007). This particularly applies to magnetite (Verwey transitio

  3. Scaling Model of Low-Temperature Transport Properties for Molecular and Ionic Liquids

    Vitaly B. Rogankov


    Full Text Available The universal scaling concept is applied to the low-temperature range of any liquid states and substances located between the melting (Tm and normal boiling (Tb points far away from the critical region. The physical reason to develop such approach is the revealed collapse of all low-temperature isotherms onto the single universal one argued by the model of fluctuational thermodynamics (FT proposed recently by author. The pressure reduced by the molecular parameters of the effective short-range Lennard-Jones (LJ potential depends here only on the reduced density. To demonstrate the extraordinary predictive abilities of the developed low-temperature scaling model it has been applied to the prediction of equilibrium and transport (kinetic and dynamic viscosity, self-diffusion, and thermal conductivity properties not only for molecular liquids but also for molten organic salts termed ionic liquids (ILs. The best argument in favor of the proposed methodology is the appropriate consistency with the scarce experiments prediction of transport coefficients for ILs on the base of universal scaling function constructed for the simplest LJ-like liquid argon. The only input data of any substance for prediction are the linear approximations of T-dependent density and isobaric heat capacity taken from the standard measurements at atmospheric pressure.

  4. Influence of polymeric matrix and fiber on composite materials at low temperatures

    Roussy, L.; Parcelier, M. [Aerospatiale Space and Defense, Les Mureaux (France)


    For several years, we have been looking ahead to new concepts of hypersonic planes and launchers with cryotechnic tanks using composite materials for high strength to weight ratios. These structures will be subjected to extremely low temperatures in isothermal or cycling conditions. Within these severe conditions, mechanical properties of composite materials are generally unkown and their behavior not understood. To prepare for this very near future, we have looked at the effect of various parameters at different temperatures (from 400 K down to 20 K) on the mechanical properties of thermoset (cyanate, epoxy, bismaleimide, polyimide) and thermoplastic (PEEK) composite materials. The results enable us to appreciate the complexity and the sensitivity of organic matrices at low temperatures and especially to show up their brittleness. The results of works also show how the different thermal deformations of fiber and matrix induce residual stresses during cooling. These stresses may be critical all the more as the temperature is low and the matrix is brittle. At very low temperatures, relaxation mechanisms and load transfers are strongly reduced which led damages at composite interfaces. These investigations have led to a selection of rules for composite structures design.

  5. Al2O3 Passivation on c-si Surfaces for Low Temperature Solar Cell Applications

    Saynova, D.S.; Janssen, G.J.M.; Burgers, A.R.; Mewe, A.A. [ECN Solar Energy, Westerduinweg 3, NL-1755 LE Petten (Netherlands); Cianci, E.; Seguini, G.; Perego, M. [Laboratorio MDM, IMM-CNR, Via C. Olivetti 2,I-20864 Agrate Brianza MB (Italy)


    Functional passivation of high resistivity p-type c-Si wafer surfaces was achieved using 10 nm Al2O3 layers and low temperatures for both the thermal ALD process and post-deposition anneal. Effective lifetime values higher than 1 ms were measured at excess carrier density {delta}n=1015 cm{sup -3}. This result was reached in combination with temperatures of 100C and 200C for the Al2O3 layer deposition and anneal, respectively. The Al2O3/c-Si interface was characterized using conductance-voltage and capacitance-voltage measurements. In particular, significantly reduced interface density of the electrically active defects Dit {approx} 2x1010 eV{sup -1}cm{sup -2} was detected, which enabled excellent chemical passivation. The measured density of fixed charges at the interface, Qf, after anneal were in the range +1x10{sup 12} to -1x10{sup 12} cm{sup -2} indicating that both inversion and accumulation conditions result in relevant field-effect passivation using Al2O3 layers and low temperature processes. Numerical simulations on representative test structures show that the uniform Qf effect can be understood in terms of a surface damage region (SDR) present near the interface in combination with asymmetry in the lifetime of holes and electrons in the SDR. The combination of low processing temperatures, thin layers and good passivation properties facilitate a technology for future low temperature solar cell applications.

  6. Optimization of Low-Temperature Exhaust Gas Waste Heat Fueled Organic Rankine Cycle

    WANGHui—tao; WANGHua; ZHANGZhu—ming


    Low temperature exhaust gases carrying large amount of waste heat are released by steel-making process and many other industries, Organic Rankine Cycles (ORCs) are proven to be the most promising technology to re- cover the low-temperature waste heat, thereby to get more financial benefits for these industries. The exergy analysis of ORC units driven by low-temperature exhaust gas waste heat and charged with dry and isentropic fluid was per- formed, and an intuitive approach with simple impressions was developed to calculate the performances of the ORC unit. Parameter optimization was conducted with turbine inlet temperature simplified as the variable and exergy effi- ciency or power output as the objective function by means of Penalty Function and Golden Section Searching algo- rithm based on the formulation of the optimization problem. The power generated by the optimized ORC unit can be nearly as twice as that generated by a non-optimized ORC unit. In addition, cycle parametric analysis was performed to examine the effects of thermodynamic parameters on the cycle performances such as thermal efficiency and exergy efficiency. It is proven that performance of ORC unit is mainly affected by the thermodynamic property of working fluid, the waste heat temperature, the pinch point temperature of the evaporator, the specific heat capacity of the heat carrier and the turbine inlet temperature under a given environment temperature.

  7. Low-temperature optical processing of semiconductor devices using photon effects

    Sopori, B.L.; Cudzinovic, M.; Symko, M. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)] [and others


    In an RTA process the primary purpose of the optical energy incident on the semiconductor sample is to increase its temperature rapidly. The activation of reactions involved in processes such as the formation of junctions, metal contacts, deposition of oxides or nitrides, takes place purely by the temperature effects. We describe the observation of a number of new photonic effects that take place within the bulk and at the interfaces of a semiconductor when a semiconductor device is illuminated with a spectrally broad-band light. Such effects include changes in the diffusion properties of impurities in the semiconductor, increased diffusivity of impurities across interfaces, and generation of electric fields that can alter physical and chemical properties of the interface. These phenomena lead to certain unique effects in an RTA process that do not occur during conventional furnace annealing under the same temperature conditions. Of particular interest are observations of low-temperature alloying of Si-Al interfaces, enhanced activation of phosphorus in Si during drive-in, low-temperature oxidation of Si, and gettering of impurities at low-temperatures under optical illumination. These optically induced effects, in general, diminish with an increase in the temperature, thus allowing thermally activated reaction rates to dominate at higher temperatures.

  8. Phason-Strain Influence on Low-Temperature Specific Heat of the Decagonal Al-Ni-Co Quasicrystal

    LI Cui-Lian; LIU You-Yan


    According to the quasicrystal continuum model and linear elasticity theory, based on the equivalence assumptionof phonons and phasons in quasicrystals, we have deduced five phase velocities of elastic wave propagating in the decagonal quasicrystals. By inserting these velocities into the specific heat expression, we have succeeded in explaining the experiment of specific heat performed on the single-grained decagonal AI-Ni-Co quasicrystalsat low temperature. Our results show that the contribution of the phason strain to the specific heat cannot beneglected at low temperature. Moreover, the phason-strain may be a main reason for the decagonal quasicrystalspossessing anisotropic thermal conductivity.

  9. Experiments on Quantum Hall Topological Phases in Ultra Low Temperatures

    Du, Rui-Rui [Rice Univ., Houston, TX (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy


    This project is to cool electrons in semiconductors to extremely low temperatures and to study new states of matter formed by low-dimensional electrons (or holes). At such low temperatures (and with an intense magnetic field), electronic behavior differs completely from ordinary ones observed at room temperatures or regular low temperature. Studies of electrons at such low temperatures would open the door for fundamental discoveries in condensed matter physics. Present studies have been focus on topological phases in the fractional quantum Hall effect in GaAs/AlGaAs semiconductor heterostructures, and the newly discovered (by this group) quantum spin Hall effect in InAs/GaSb materials. This project consists of the following components: 1) Development of efficient sample cooling techniques and electron thermometry: Our goal is to reach 1 mK electron temperature and reasonable determination of electron temperature; 2) Experiments at ultra-low temperatures: Our goal is to understand the energy scale of competing quantum phases, by measuring the temperature-dependence of transport features. Focus will be placed on such issues as the energy gap of the 5/2 state, and those of 12/5 (and possible 13/5); resistive signature of instability near 1/2 at ultra-low temperatures; 3) Measurement of the 5/2 gaps in the limit of small or large Zeeman energies: Our goal is to gain physics insight of 5/2 state at limiting experimental parameters, especially those properties concerning the spin polarization; 4) Experiments on tuning the electron-electron interaction in a screened quantum Hall system: Our goal is to gain understanding of the formation of paired fractional quantum Hall state as the interaction pseudo-potential is being modified by a nearby screening electron layer; 5) Experiments on the quantized helical edge states under a strong magnetic field and ultralow temperatures: our goal is to investigate both the bulk and edge states in a quantum spin Hall insulator under time

  10. Vacancy formation and strain in low-temperature Cu/Cu(100) growth

    Voter, Arthur F [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Uberuaga, Blas P [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Shim, Yunsic [UNIV. OF TOLEDO; Borovikov, Valery [UNIV. OF TOLEDO


    The development of compressive strain in metal thin films grown at low temperature has recently been revealed via X-ray diffraction and explained by the assumption that a large number of vacancies were incorporated into the growing films. The results of the molecular dynamics and parallel temperature-accelerated dynamics simulations suggest that the key factor responsible for the experimentally observed strain is an increased nanoscale surface roughness due to the suppression of thermally activated events combined with the effects of shadowing due to off-normal deposition conditions.

  11. Barium ferrite nanoparticles prepared by self-propagating low-temperature combustion method and its characterization

    P M Prithviraj Swamy; S Basavaraja; Vijayanand Havanoor; N V Srinivas Rao; R Nijagunappa; A Venkataraman


    The barium ferrite particles were prepared using a self-propagating low-temperature combustion method using polyethylene glycol (PEG) as a fuel. The process was investigated with simultaneous thermogravimetric-differential thermal analysis (TG–DTA). The crystalline structure, morphology and the magnetic properties of the barium ferrite particles were studied by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and SQUID susceptometer. The results show that the ignition temperature of PEG is lower compared with other combustion methods and gives nanocrystalline barium ferrite.

  12. Homogeneous Carbon Nanotube/Carbon Composites Prepared by Catalyzed Carbonization Approach at Low Temperature

    Hongjiang Li


    Full Text Available We synthesize carbon nanotube (CNT/carbon composite using catalyzed carbonization of CNT/Epoxy Resin composite at a fairly low temperature of about 400∘C. The microstructure of the composite is characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM, transmission electron microscope (TEM, and X-ray diffraction (XRD. The results indicate that CNTs and pyrolytic carbon blend well with each other. Pyrolytic carbon mainly stays in an amorphous state, with some of it forming crystalline structures. The catalyst has the effect of eliminating the interstices in the composites. Remarkable increases in thermal and electrical conductivity are also reported.

  13. Low temperature circulating fluidized bed gasification and co-gasification of municipal sewage sludge

    Thomsen, Tobias Pape; Hauggaard-Nielsen, Henrik; Gøbel, Benny


    The study is part 2 of 2 in an investigation of gasification and co-gasification of municipal sewage sludge in low temperature gasifiers. In this work, solid residuals from thermal gasification and co-gasification of municipal sewage sludge were investigated for their potential use as fertilizer...... to the mono-sludge ashes, thereby showing the best fertilizer qualities among all assessed materials. It was also found that bottom ashes from the char reactor contained even less heavy metals than cyclone ashes. It is concluded that LT-CFB gasification and co-gasification is a highly effective way to purify...

  14. Low-temperature illumination and annealing of ultrahigh quality quantum wells

    Samani, M.; Rossokhaty, A. V.; Sajadi, E.; Lüscher, S.; Folk, J. A.; Watson, J. D.; Gardner, G. C.; Manfra, M. J.


    The effects of low-temperature illumination and annealing on fractional quantum Hall (FQH) characteristics of a GaAs/AlGaAs quantum well are investigated. Illumination alone, below 1 K, decreases the density of the two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) electrons by more than an order of magnitude and resets the sample to a repeatable initial state. Subsequent thermal annealing at a few Kelvin restores the original density and dramatically improves FQH characteristics. A reliable illumination and annealing recipe is developed that yields an energy gap of 600 mK for the 5/2 state.

  15. QED second order corrections on the speed of light at low temperature

    M ‎Razmi


    Full Text Available We want to study thermal corrections on the speed of light at low temperature considering temperature dependence of photon vacuum polarization tensor at two-loop level in the standard QED‎. It is found that the heat bath behaves as a dispersive medium for the propagation of light and reduces its speed proportional to the second order of temperature‎. ‎Similarities and differences‎, ‎in light of already known calculations which are based on Euler-Heisenberg Lagrangian and/or those using temperature dependent electromagnetic properties of the medium are discussed‎.

  16. Structural behaviour of AgNO3 at low temperatures by neutron diffraction

    P U Sastry; P S R Krishna; Lata Panicker; A B Shinde


    Structural behaviour of silver nitrate (AgNO3) at low temperatures has been investigated by neutron powder diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Analysis showed abnormal changes in the rotations of nitrate (NO3) anions and thermal displacement parameters of the atoms near 220 K and 125 K. However, the basic lattice is compatible with the orthorhombic symmetry (space group Pbca) till 12 K. The fine, small-scale structural anomalies probably originate from freezing of reorientation of NO3 ions from high-temperature disordered phase.

  17. Spatial variation in near-ground radiation and low temperature. Interactions with forest vegetation

    Blennow, K.


    Low temperature has a large impact on the survival and distribution of plants. Interactive effects with high irradiance lead to cold-induced photo inhibition, which may impact on the establishment and growth of tree seedlings. In this thesis, novel approaches are applied for relating the spatial variability in low temperature and irradiance to photosynthetic performance and growth of tree seedlings, and for modelling the micro- and local-scale spatial variations in low temperature for heterogeneous terrain. The methodologies include the development and use of a digital image analysis system for hemispherical photographs, the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and statistical methods, field data acquisition of meteorological elements, plant structure, growth and photosynthetic performance. Temperature and amounts of intercepted direct radiant energy for seedlings on clear days (IDRE) were related to chlorophyll a fluorescence, and the dry weight of seedlings. The combination of increased IDRE with reduced minimum temperatures resulted in persistent and strong photo inhibition as the season progressed, with likely implications for the establishment of tree seedlings at forest edges, and within shelter wood. For models of spatial distribution of low air temperature, the sky view factor was used to parameterize the radiative cooling, whilst drainage, ponding and stagnation of cold air, and thermal properties of the ground were all considered. The models hint at which scales and processes govern the development of spatial variations in low temperature for the construction of corresponding mechanistic models. The methodology is well suited for detecting areas that will be frost prone after clearing of forest and for comparing the magnitudes of impacts on low air temperature of forest management practices, such as shelter wood and soil preparation. The results can be used to formulate ground rules for use in practical forestry 141 refs, 5 figs, 1 tab

  18. Evolution of giant dipole resonance width at low temperatures – New perspectives

    S Mukhopadhyay


    High energy photons from the decay of giant dipole resonances (GDR) built on excited states provide an excellent probe in the study of nuclear structure properties, damping mechanisms etc., at finite temperatures. The dependence of GDR width on temperature () and angular momentum () has been the prime focus of many experimental and theoretical studies for the last few decades. The measured GDR widths for a wide range of nuclei at temperatures (1.5 < < 2.5 MeV) and spins (upto fission limit) were well described by the thermal shape fluctuation model (TSFM). But, at low temperatures ( < 1.5 MeV) there are large discrepancies between the existing theoretical models. The problem is compounded as there are very few experimental data in this region. At Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata, a programme for the systematic measurement of GDR width at very low temperatures has been initiated with precise experimental techniques. Several experiments have been performed by bombarding 7–12 MeV/nucleon alpha beam on various targets (63Cu, 115In and 197Au) and new datasets have been obtained at low temperatures ( < 1.5MeV) and at very lowspins ( < 20$\\hbar$). The TSFM completely fails to represent the experimental data at these low temperatures in the entire mass range. In fact, the GDR width appears to be constant at its ground state value until a critical temperature is reached and subsequently increases thereafter, whereas the TSFM predicts a gradual increase of GDR width from its ground state value for > 0 MeV. In order to explain this discrepancy at low , a new formalism has been put forward by including GDR-induced quadrupole moment in the TSFM.

  19. Low-temperature Stirling Engine for Geothermal Electricity Generation

    Stillman, Greg [Cool Energy, Inc., Boulder, CO (United States); Weaver, Samuel P. [Cool Energy, Inc., Boulder, CO (United States)


    Up to 2700 terawatt-hours per year of geothermal electricity generation capacity has been shown to be available within North America, typically with wells drilled into geologically active regions of the earth's crust where this energy is concentrated (Huttrer, 2001). Of this potential, about half is considered to have temperatures high enough for conventional (steam-based) power production, while the other half requires unconventional power conversion approaches, such as organic Rankine cycle systems or Stirling engines. If captured and converted effectively, geothermal power generation could replace up to 100GW of fossil fuel electric power generation, leading to a significant reduction of US power sector emissions. In addition, with the rapid growth of hydro-fracking in oil and gas production, there are smaller-scale distributed power generation opportunities in heated liquids that are co-produced with the main products. Since 2006, Cool Energy, Inc. (CEI) has designed, fabricated and tested four generations of low-temperature (100°C to 300°C) Stirling engine power conversion equipment. The electric power output of these engines has been demonstrated at over 2kWe and over 16% thermal conversion efficiency for an input temperature of 215°C and a rejection temperature of 15°C. Initial pilot units have been shipped to development partners for further testing and validation, and significantly larger engines (20+ kWe) have been shown to be feasible and conceptually designed. Originally intended for waste heat recovery (WHR) applications, these engines are easily adaptable to geothermal heat sources, as the heat supply temperatures are similar. Both the current and the 20+ kWe designs use novel approaches of self-lubricating, low-wear-rate bearing surfaces, non-metallic regenerators, and high-effectiveness heat exchangers. By extending CEI's current 3 kWe SolarHeart® Engine into the tens of kWe range, many additional applications are possible, as one

  20. Low-temperature desulfurizing reaction with Cu-containing sorbents

    Yi, Kwang Bok; Choi, Eun Mi; Song, Yi Keun; Rhee, Young Woo [Department of Chemical Engineering, Chungnam National University, Taejeon (Korea)


    The sorbents containing Cu O as an active material were prepared and their effectiveness in desulfurization was investigated at low temperatures(350-550 degree C). M.I.5 and MnO{sub 2} were chosen as additives and SiO{sub 2} was chosen as support material. In the low temperature regeneration reaction, sulfate was formed, which could not be decomposed until regeneration temperature reached 650 degree C. Sulfidation reaction rate decreased as calcination temperature increased. Promoting effect of MoO{sub 3} was not observed throughout the sulfidation/regeneration reaction. When SiO{sub 2} content was below 25% of sorbents composition, sulfur loading of above 10% could be obtained. Mass transfer inhibition by sulfiding gas was observed for the sorbents containing no SiO{sub 2}. 9 refs., 9 figs., 4 tabs.

  1. HPGe detectors for low-temperature nuclear orientation

    Zakoucky, D; Vénos, D; Golovko, V V; Kraev, I S; Phalet, T; Schuurmans, P; Severijns, N; Vereecke, B; Versyck, S


    Using the low-temperature nuclear orientation (LTNO) technique one can study various interesting properties of atomic nuclei and nuclear decay which can be deduced from the measurements of the angular distributions of charged particles emitted during the decay. However, the use of particle detectors working in conditions of LTNO devices (which are generally not available commercially) is a necessary precondition for the realization of these experiments. Planar HPGe detectors for detection of charged particles at "liquid helium" temperatures were developed and produced at NPI Rez. Relatively simple technology using vacuum evaporation and diffusion was employed. The performance of detectors at low temperatures was tested and their characteristics measured in a testing cryostat before using them in real experiments. The HPGe detectors were extensively used in a whole range of LTNO experiments with various physical objectives - in offline (IKS Leuven) as well as online (CERN-ISOLDE, Louvain-la- Neuve - LISOL) exp...

  2. Low-temperature random matrix theory at the soft edge

    Edelman, Alan [Department of Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States); Persson, Per-Olof [Department of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States); Sutton, Brian D. [Department of Mathematics, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia 23005 (United States)


    “Low temperature” random matrix theory is the study of random eigenvalues as energy is removed. In standard notation, β is identified with inverse temperature, and low temperatures are achieved through the limit β → ∞. In this paper, we derive statistics for low-temperature random matrices at the “soft edge,” which describes the extreme eigenvalues for many random matrix distributions. Specifically, new asymptotics are found for the expected value and standard deviation of the general-β Tracy-Widom distribution. The new techniques utilize beta ensembles, stochastic differential operators, and Riccati diffusions. The asymptotics fit known high-temperature statistics curiously well and contribute to the larger program of general-β random matrix theory.

  3. Partial Discharge in Capacitor Model at Low Temperature

    P. Rain


    Full Text Available The partial discharge plays an important role in the ageing and the rupture process of solid or mixed insulation systems. Ithas been recognized that the failure of this insulation can be joined to the presence of partial discharge often in inclusionssparkling. Liquid filled cavities can be considered as the most likely defects that can exist in capacitors. In this paper wedescribe the partial discharge evolution at low temperatures in all-PP film capacitors according to the time and the appliedvoltage. We distinguish two regimes of discharges for all the range of temperature and the low temperatures encourage thebreakdown of capacitors at weak voltage, we assign this phenomenon to the increase of the viscosity of filling liquid.

  4. Synthesis of hydrocarbon fluid inclusions at low temperature

    Pironon, J. (Centre de Recherche sur la Geologie de l' Uranium and GS-CNRS CREGU, Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy (France))

    Hydrocarbon fluid inclusions have been synthesized in halogenide and sulfate crystals at low temperature (<100C) and atmospheric pressure. Water-immiscible hydrocarbon droplets were either trapped separately or with an aqueous and/or a vapor phase. Impurities on the crystal surface were verified by infrared microspectrometry, and the similarity between the initial liquid and the liquid trapped in the inclusion was documented by Raman microspectrometry for nonfluorescent compounds. This inclusion type represents a new tool for understanding inclusion-formation phenomena and for the calibration of techniques used in hydrocarbon fluid-inclusion analysis ({mu}FT-IR, {mu}Raman, {mu}UV-fluorescence, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry); these inclusions allow one to obtain microthermometric calibration curves with a high precision at low temperature.

  5. Cubic ideal ferromagnets at low temperature and weak magnetic field

    Hofmann, Christoph P.


    The low-temperature series for the free energy density, pressure, magnetization and susceptibility of cubic ideal ferromagnets in weak external magnetic fields are discussed within the effective Lagrangian framework up to three loops. The structure of the simple, body-centered, and face-centered cubic lattice is taken into account explicitly. The expansion involves integer and half-integer powers of the temperature. The corresponding coefficients depend on the magnetic field and on low-energy effective constants that can be expressed in terms of microscopic quantities. Our formulas may also serve as efficiency or consistency check for other techniques like Green's function methods, where spurious terms in the low-temperature expansion have appeared. We explore the sign and magnitude of the spin-wave interaction in the pressure, magnetization and susceptibility, and emphasize that our effective field theory approach is fully systematic and rigorous.

  6. Low temperature magnetoresistance measurements on bismuth nanowire arrays.

    Kaiser, Ch; Weiss, G; Cornelius, T W; Toimil-Molares, M E; Neumann, R


    We present low temperature resistance R(T) and magnetoresistance measurements for Bi nanowires with diameters between 100 and 500 nm, which are close to being single-crystalline. The nanowires were fabricated by electrochemical deposition in pores of polycarbonate membranes. R(T) varies as T(2) in the low temperature range 1.5 Kwire diameter. An unexpected effect is observed in R(T) when a magnetic field is present. It can be related to the temperature dependence of the magnetoresistance. The transverse magnetoresistance of all samples shows a clear B(1.5) variation. Its size depends strongly on the diameter of the wires but only weakly on temperature. Finally, a steplike increase in the magnetoresistance of our sample with a wire diameter of 100 nm was found and this might be attributed to a transition from one-dimensional to three-dimensional localization.

  7. Solution-phase synthesis of nanomaterials at low temperature


    This paper reviews the solution-phase synthesis of nanoparticles via some routes at low temperatures, such as room temperature route, wave-assisted synthesis (γ-irradiation route and sonochemical route), directly heating at low temperatures, and hydrothermal/solvothermal methods. A number of strategies were developed to control the shape, the size, as well as the dispersion of nanostructures. Using diethylamine or n-butylamine as solvent, semiconductor nanorods were yielded. By the hydrothermal treatment of amorphous colloids, Bi2S3 nanorods and Se nanowires were obtained. CdS nanowires were prepared in the presence of polyacrylamide. ZnS nanowires were obtained using liquid crystal. The polymer poly (vinyl acetate) tubule acted as both nanoreactor and template for the CdSe nanowire growth. Assisted by the surfactant of sodium dodecyl benzenesulfonate (SDBS), nickel nanobelts were synthesized. In addition, Ag nanowires, Te nanotubes and ZnO nanorod arrays could be prepared without adding any additives or templates.

  8. Study on low temperature plasma driven permeation of hydrogen

    Takizawa, Masayuki [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment


    It is one of the most important problem in PWI of fusion devices from the point of view of tritium leakage that hydrogen diffuses in the wall of the device and permeates through it, which results in hydrogen being released to the coolant side. In this study, plasma driven permeation experiments were carried out with several kinds of metal membranes in the low temperature plasma where ionic and atomic hydrogen as well as electron existed in order to survey PDP mechanism from the many view points. In addition, incident flux rate from the plasma to the membrane surface was evaluated by calculation analysis. As a result the mechanism of low temperature PDP was found out and described as PDP models. The simulation of the membrane pump system was executed and the system performance was estimated with the models. (author). 135 refs.

  9. Quantum simulation of low-temperature metallic liquid hydrogen.

    Chen, Ji; Li, Xin-Zheng; Zhang, Qianfan; Probert, Matthew I J; Pickard, Chris J; Needs, Richard J; Michaelides, Angelos; Wang, Enge


    The melting temperature of solid hydrogen drops with pressure above ~65 GPa, suggesting that a liquid state might exist at low temperatures. It has also been suggested that this low-temperature liquid state might be non-molecular and metallic, although evidence for such behaviour is lacking. Here we report results for hydrogen at high pressures using ab initio methods, which include a description of the quantum motion of the protons. We determine the melting temperature as a function of pressure and find an atomic solid phase from 500 to 800 GPa, which melts at metallic atomic liquid is stable at temperatures as low as 50 K. The quantum motion of the protons is critical to the low melting temperature reported, as simulations with classical nuclei lead to considerably higher melting temperatures of ~300 K across the entire pressure range considered.

  10. Low-temperature creep of austenitic stainless steels

    Reed, R. P.; Walsh, R. P.


    Plastic deformation under constant load (creep) in austenitic stainless steels has been measured at temperatures ranging from 4 K to room temperature. Low-temperature creep data taken from past and unreported austenitic stainless steel studies are analyzed and reviewed. Creep at cryogenic temperatures of common austenitic steels, such as AISI 304, 310 316, and nitrogen-strengthened steels, such as 304HN and 3116LN, are included. Analyses suggests that logarithmic creep (creep strain dependent on the log of test time) best describe austenitic stainless steel behavior in the secondary creep stage and that the slope of creep strain versus log time is dependent on the applied stress/yield strength ratio. The role of cold work, strain-induced martensitic transformations, and stacking fault energy on low-temperature creep behavior is discussed. The engineering significance of creep on cryogenic structures is discussed in terms of the total creep strain under constant load over their operational lifetime at allowable stress levels.

  11. Low temperature magnetic characterisation of fire ash residues

    Peters, C.; Thompson, R.; Harrison, A.; Church, M. J.

    Fire ash is ideally suited to mineral magnetic studies. Both modern (generated by controlled burning experiments) and archaeological ash deposits have been studied, with the aim of identifying and quantifying fuel types used in prehistory. Low temperature magnetic measurements were carried out on the ash samples using an MPMS 2 SQUID magnetometer. The low temperature thermo-remanence cooling curves of the modern ash display differences between fuel sources. Wood and well-humified peat ash display an increase in remanence with cooling probably related to a high superparamagnetic component, consistent with room temperature frequency dependent susceptibilities of over 7%. In comparison fibrous-upper peat and peat turf display an unusual decrease in remanence, possibly due to an isotropic point of grains larger than superparamagnetic in size. The differences have been successfully utilised in unmixing calculations to quantify fuel components within four archaeological deposits from the Northern and Western Isles of Scotland.

  12. Low temperature doping of ZnO nanostructures



    Doping of ZnO nanostructures was investigated by using a low temperature electrochemical process. Various dopant materials have been studied, including transition metals, group I, and group VII elements. The structure, composition, and optical properties of the doped ZnO nanostructures were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, photoluminescence, and x-ray diffraction. It was demonstrated that dopant elements were incorporated into the ZnO structures. The effects of dopant incorporation on the structure and properties of ZnO were also investigated. This low temperature approach is compatible with current micro-fabrication techniques and promising for large-scale production of doped ZnO nanostructures for optical and electronic applications.

  13. Glass transition and heavy oil dynamics at low temperature

    Abivin, P.; Indo, K.; Cheng, Y.; Freed, D.; Taylor, S. D. [Schlumberger (Canada)], email:


    In the oil industry, the viscosity of crude oils is a key factor as it affects market value, field developments and the design of production strategies. In heavy oils, a glass transition occurs and previous work related this to oil's temperature-viscosity behavior. This study aimed at better characterizing heavy oil dynamics and the temperature dependency of viscosity. Experiments were conducted with differential scanning calorimetry and shear rate sweeps on heavy oils from Asia, South America and North America over a wide range of temperatures to measure their viscosities and characterize their glass transition. The glass transition was observed at around 210K and results showed that the Arrhenius model does not fit the experimental data at low temperatures but the WLF model does. This research provided a better understanding of heavy oil dynamics but further work is required to explain the viscosity-temperature behavior of heavy oils at low temperatures.

  14. NATO Advanced Study Institute on Low Temperature Molecular Spectroscopy


    Molecular spectroscopy has achieved rapid and significant progress in recent years, the low temperature techniques in particular having proved very useful for the study of reactive species, phase transitions, molecular clusters and crystals, superconductors and semiconductors, biochemical systems, astrophysical problems, etc. The widening range of applications has been accompanied by significant improvements in experimental methods, and low temperature molecular spectroscopy has been revealed as the best technique, in many cases, to establish the connection between experiment and theoretical calculations. This, in turn, has led to a rapidly increasing ability to predict molecular spectroscopic properties. The combination of an advanced tutorial standpoint with an emphasis on recent advances and new perspectives in both experimental and theoretical molecular spectroscopy contained in this book offers the reader insight into a wide range of techniques, particular emphasis being given to supersonic jet and matri...

  15. Low-temperature strain gauges based on silicon whiskers

    Druzhinin A. A.


    Full Text Available To create low-temperature strain gauges based on p-type silicon whiskers tensoresistive characteristics of these crystals in 4,2—300 K temperature range were studied. On the basis of p-type Si whiskers with different resistivity the strain gauges for different materials operating at cryogenic temperatures with extremely high gauge factor at 4,2 K were developed, as well as strain gauges operating at liquid helium temperatures in high magnetic fields.

  16. Synthesis of nanocrystalline rutile-phase titania at low temperatures

    SANTOS, Jorge Gomes dos; Ogasawara,Tsuneharu; CORRÊA, Ronaldo Antonio


    Anatase and rutile are the predominant phases in titanium dioxide. In many cases, rutile stable phase is the desired product material, but at low temperatures methods of synthesis (aqueous route) produce metastable anatase as a major product that reverts to rutile only when heated up to 1000 °C. Calcination for obtaining rutile phase is the greatest energy demanding step for titanium dioxide production by the sulphate process, and is responsible for almost 60% of total energy consumption. In ...

  17. Improving the Performance of Lithium Ion Batteries at Low Temperature

    Trung H. Nguyen; Peter Marren; Kevin Gering


    The ability for Li-ion batteries to operate at low temperatures is extremely critical for the development of energy storage for electric and hybrid electric vehicle technologies. Currently, Li-ion cells have limited success in operating at temperature below –10 deg C. Electrolyte conductivity at low temperature is not the main cause of the poor performance of Li-ion cells. Rather the formation of a tight interfacial film between the electrolyte and the electrodes has often been an issue that resulted in a progressive capacity fading and limited discharge rate capability. The objective of our Phase I work is to develop novel electrolytes that can form low interfacial resistance solid electrolyte interface (SEI) films on carbon anodes and metal oxide cathodes. From the results of our Phase I work, we found that the interfacial impedance of Fluoro Ethylene Carbonate (FEC) electrolyte at the low temperature of –20degC is astonishingly low, compared to the baseline 1.2M LiPFEMC:EC:PC:DMC (10:20:10:60) electrolyte. We found that electrolyte formulations with fluorinated carbonate co-solvent have excellent film forming properties and better de-solvation characteristics to decrease the interfacial SEI film resistance and facilitate the Li-ion diffusion across the SEI film. The very overwhelming low interfacial impedance for FEC electrolytes will translate into Li-ion cells with much higher power for cold cranking and high Regen/charge at the low temperature. Further, since the SEI film resistance is low, Li interaction kinetics into the electrode will remain very fast and thus Li plating during Regen/charge period be will less likely to happen.

  18. Low-temperature Raman spectra of L-histidine crystal

    De Sousa, G P; Filho, J Mendes; Melo, F E A; Lima, C L


    We present a Raman spectroscopy investigation of the vibrational properties of L-histidine crystals at low temperatures. The temperature dependence of the spectra show discontinuities at 165 K, which we identify with modifications in the bonds associated to both the NH3+ and CO2- motifs indicative of a conformational phase transition that changes the intermolecular bonds. Additional evidence of such a phase transition was provided by differential scanning calorimetry measurements, which identified an enthalpic anomaly at ~165 K.

  19. Effects of low temperature on properties of structural steels

    Yanmin Wu; Yuanqing Wang; Yongjiu Shi; Jianjing Jiang


    The experiments were carried out to measure the mechanical properties of three grades of structural steels (Q235A, 16Mn and Q390E steel ) at low temperature. It was shown that the strength of the steels increases while the plasticity and toughness decrease as temperature drops. In the transitional area the toughness drops rapidly with temperature. Among the three structural steels,Q390E steel has the best toughness and the lowest sensitivity.

  20. Oxygen isotopic composition of low-temperature authigenic clinoptilolite

    Nähr, T.; Botz, R.; Bohrmann, G.; Schmidt, M.


    Oxygen isotope ratios were obtained from authigenic clinoptilolites from Barbados Accretionary Complex, Yamato Basin, and Exmouth Plateau sediments (ODP Sites 672, 797, and 762) in order to investigate the isotopic fractionation between clinoptilolite and pore water at early diagenetic stages and low temperatures. Dehydrated clinoptilolites display isotopic ratios for the zeolite framework ( δ18O f) that extend from +18.7‰ to +32.8‰ (vs. SMOW). In combination with associated pore water isotope data, the oxygen isotopic fractionation between clinoptilolite and pore fluids could be assessed in the temperature range from 25°C to 40°C. The resulting fractionation factors of 1.032 at 25°C and 1.027 at 40°C are in good agreement with the theoretically determined oxygen isotope fractionation between clinoptilolite and water. Calculations of isotopic temperatures illustrate that clinoptilolite formation occurred at relatively low temperatures of 17°C to 29°C in Barbados Ridge sediments and at 33°C to 62°C in the Yamato Basin. These data support a low-temperature origin of clinoptilolite and contradict the assumption that elevated temperatures are the main controlling factor for authigenic clinoptilolite formation. Increasing clinoptilolite δ18O f values with depth indicate that clinoptilolites which are now in the deeper parts of the zeolite-bearing intervals had either formed at lower temperatures (17-20°C) or under closed system conditions.

  1. The 2017 Plasma Roadmap: Low temperature plasma science and technology

    Adamovich, I.; Baalrud, S. D.; Bogaerts, A.; Bruggeman, P. J.; Cappelli, M.; Colombo, V.; Czarnetzki, U.; Ebert, U.; Eden, J. G.; Favia, P.; Graves, D. B.; Hamaguchi, S.; Hieftje, G.; Hori, M.; Kaganovich, I. D.; Kortshagen, U.; Kushner, M. J.; Mason, N. J.; Mazouffre, S.; Mededovic Thagard, S.; Metelmann, H.-R.; Mizuno, A.; Moreau, E.; Murphy, A. B.; Niemira, B. A.; Oehrlein, G. S.; Petrovic, Z. Lj; Pitchford, L. C.; Pu, Y.-K.; Rauf, S.; Sakai, O.; Samukawa, S.; Starikovskaia, S.; Tennyson, J.; Terashima, K.; Turner, M. M.; van de Sanden, M. C. M.; Vardelle, A.


    Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics published the first Plasma Roadmap in 2012 consisting of the individual perspectives of 16 leading experts in the various sub-fields of low temperature plasma science and technology. The 2017 Plasma Roadmap is the first update of a planned series of periodic updates of the Plasma Roadmap. The continuously growing interdisciplinary nature of the low temperature plasma field and its equally broad range of applications are making it increasingly difficult to identify major challenges that encompass all of the many sub-fields and applications. This intellectual diversity is ultimately a strength of the field. The current state of the art for the 19 sub-fields addressed in this roadmap demonstrates the enviable track record of the low temperature plasma field in the development of plasmas as an enabling technology for a vast range of technologies that underpin our modern society. At the same time, the many important scientific and technological challenges shared in this roadmap show that the path forward is not only scientifically rich but has the potential to make wide and far reaching contributions to many societal challenges.

  2. Low temperature expansion of the gonihedric Ising model

    Pietig, R


    We investigate a model of closed $(d-1)$-dimensional soft-self-avoiding random surfaces on a $d$-dimensional cubic lattice. The energy of a surface configuration is given by $E=J(n_{2}+4k n_{4})$, where $n_{2}$ is the number of edges, where two plaquettes meet at a right angle and $n_{4}$ is the number of edges, where 4 plaquettes meet. This model can be represented as a next-nearest-neighbour- and plaquette-interaction. It corresponds to a special case of a general class of spin systems introduced by Wegner and Savvidy. Since there is no term proportional to the surface area, the bare surface tension of the model vanishes, in contrast to the ordinary Ising model. By a suitable adaption of Peierls argument, we prove the existence of infinitely many ordered low temperature phases for the case $k=0$. A low temperature expansion of the free energy in 3 dimensions up to order $x^{38}$ ($x={e}^{-\\beta J}$) shows, that for $k>0$ only the ferromagnetic low temperature phases remain stable. An analysis of low tempera...

  3. The Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Facility: Progress and Status

    Larson, Melora; Pensinger, John; Liu, Feng-Chuan; Dick, G. John


    The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is developing the Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Facility (LTMPF). The LTMPF is a multiple user and multiple flight facility that will provide a long duration low temperature environment for performing state of the art experiments at the International Space Station (ISS). During each mission, two distinct primary experiments will be accommodated. Secondary experiments utilizing the hardware built for the primary experiments will also be accommodated during each mission. Over the past year, much progress has occurred on the LTMPF as the flight hardware has started to be built. Also, many changes have occurred. Last summer, the initial flight of the LTMPF was delayed until early 2008 by a 2-year slip in the delivery of the Japanese Experiment Module (KIBO) Exposed Facility of the ISS, where the LTMPF will be attached when it flies. Finally, the experiments that will fly as part of the first mission have been changed so that one Gravitational and Relativistic experiment and one Low Temperature Condensed Matter experiment will fly on each flight of the LTMPF. Therefore, the experiments that will fly on the initial mission of the LTMPF will be DYNAMX and the Superconducting Microwave Oscillator Experiment (SUMO).

  4. Theoretical kinetic study of the low temperature oxidation of ethanol

    Fournet, René; Bounaceur, Roda; Molière, Michel


    In order to improve the understanding of the low temperature combustion of ethanol, high-level ab initio calculations were performed for elementary reactions involving hydroxyethylperoxy radicals. These radicals come from the addition of hydroxethyl radicals (?CH3CHOH and ?CH2CH2OH) on oxygen molecule. Unimolecular reactions involving hydroxyethylperoxy radicals and their radical products were studied at the CBS-QB3 level of theory. The results allowed to highlight the principal ways of decomposition of these radicals. Calculations of potential energy surfaces showed that the principal channels lead to the formation of HO2 radicals which can be considered, at low temperature, as slightly reactive. However, in the case of CH3CH(OOH)O? radicals, a route of decomposition yields H atom and formic peracid, which is a branching agent that can strongly enhance the reactivity of ethanol in low temperature oxidation. In addition to these analyses, high-pressure limit rate constants were derived in the temperature rang...

  5. Formation of silicon oxide grains at low temperature

    Krasnokutski, S A; Jager, C; Huisken, F; Zhukovska, S; Henning, Th


    The formation of grains in the interstellar medium, i.e., at low temperature, has been proposed as a possibility to solve the lifetime problem of cosmic dust. This process lacks a firm experimental basis, which is the goal of this study. We have investigated the condensation of SiO molecules at low temperature using neon matrix and helium droplet isolation techniques. The energies of SiO polymerization reactions have been determined experimentally with a calorimetric method and theoretically with calculations based on the density functional theory. The combined experimental and theoretical values have revealed the formation of cyclic (SiO)$_k$ ($k$ = 2--3) clusters inside helium droplets at $T$ = 0.37 K. Therefore, the oligomerization of SiO molecules is found to be barrierless and is expected to be fast in the low-temperature environment of the interstellar medium on the surface of dust grains. The incorporation of numerous SiO molecules in helium droplets leads to the formation of nanoscale amorphous SiO gr...

  6. Application of Low Temperature Detectors in Physics: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

    Fiorini, Ettore


    The main low temperature detectors (LTD) applications and results of LTD in fundamental physics will be considered with particular reference to the nuclear and subnuclear fields. The results obtained with cryogenic techniques and in particularly those with the hybrid ones where bolometers are operated in coincidence or anticoincidence with scintillation or semiconductor detectors will be reported and discussed. In particular the paper will refer to the results and plans in the direct determination of the neutrino mass. In connection with this subject we will review the already obtained and planned results of experiments on neutrinoless double beta decay to reveal the possible violation of the lepton number with the consequent determination or constraint on the neutrino mass. The present and future impact of low temperature techniques in direct detection of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles will be discussed in comparison with the present and future experiments with "classical" detectors. The report will be concluded by the present few and hopefully more numerous future results on the application of low temperature detectors on rare events in low energy nuclear physics.

  7. Optimization to Low Temperature Activity in Psychrophilic Enzymes

    Caroline Struvay


    Full Text Available Psychrophiles, i.e., organisms thriving permanently at near-zero temperatures, synthesize cold-active enzymes to sustain their cell cycle. These enzymes are already used in many biotechnological applications requiring high activity at mild temperatures or fast heat-inactivation rate. Most psychrophilic enzymes optimize a high activity at low temperature at the expense of substrate affinity, therefore reducing the free energy barrier of the transition state. Furthermore, a weak temperature dependence of activity ensures moderate reduction of the catalytic activity in the cold. In these naturally evolved enzymes, the optimization to low temperature activity is reached via destabilization of the structures bearing the active site or by destabilization of the whole molecule. This involves a reduction in the number and strength of all types of weak interactions or the disappearance of stability factors, resulting in improved dynamics of active site residues in the cold. Considering the subtle structural adjustments required for low temperature activity, directed evolution appears to be the most suitable methodology to engineer cold activity in biological catalysts.

  8. Properties of shape memory polyurethane used as a low-temperature thermoplastic biomedical orthotic material: influence of hard segment content.

    Meng, Qinghao; Hu, Jinlian; Zhu, Yong


    A series of PCL-based shape memory polyurethanes was synthesized via bulk pre-polymerization. Their thermal, mechanical properties, shape memory properties, softening and hardening processes were investigated by the experimental approach and made comparison with a commercially available orthotic material. The cytotoxicity of the low-temperature thermoplastic polyurethane was tested. The results suggest that the soft segment phase of the shape memory polyurethanes has a melting transition at about 36-46 degrees C, which makes them possible low-temperature thermoplastic materials. The hard segment phase has a two-fold effect on the shape memory polyurethane as a low-temperature thermoplastic orthotic material: increasing tensile mechanical strength at room temperature, which enables it to be used in circumstances where high tensile strength is required; and reducing low-temperature malleability and fixity ratio, which make it difficult to fabricate orthotic devices. To obtain a shape memory polyurethane with excellent low-temperature thermoplastic properties for orthopaedical surgical use, the hard segment content should not be above 22 wt%. At last, a prototype wrist orthosis was easily fabricated at 60 degrees C with hand using a shape memory polyurethane with 16 wt% hard segment content. Cytotoxicity tests indicate that the wrist orthotic material is not cytotoxic.

  9. Development of a stabilized low temperature infrared absorption cell for use in low temperature and collisional cooling experiments.

    Valentin, A; Henry, A; Claveau, C; Camy-Peyret, C; Hurtmans, D; Mantz, A W


    We have constructed a stabilized low temperature infrared absorption cell cooled by an open cycle refrigerator, which can run with liquid nitrogen from 250 to 80K or with liquid helium from 80K to a few kelvin. Several CO infrared spectra were recorded at low temperature using a tunable diode laser spectrometer. These spectra were analyzed taking into account the detailed effects of collisions on the line profile when the pressure increases. We also recorded spectra at very low pressure to accurately model the diode laser emission. Spectra of the R(2) line in the fundamental band of 13CO cooled by collisions with helium buffer gas at 10.5K and at pressures near 1 Torr have been recorded. The He-pressure broadening parameter (gamma(0) = 0.3 cm(-1) atm(-1)) has been derived from the simultaneous analysis of four spectra at different pressures.

  10. Erosion–corrosion and corrosion properties of DLC coated low temperature Erosion–corrosion and corrosion properties of DLC coated low temperature

    Jellesen, Morten Stendahl; Christiansen, Thomas; Hilbert, Lisbeth Rischel


    of AISI 316 as substrate for DLC coatings are investigated. Corrosion and erosion–corrosion measurements were carried out on low temperature nitrided stainless steel AISI 316 and on low temperature nitrided stainless steel AISI 316 with a top layer of DLC. The combination of DLC and low temperature...

  11. A University Consortium on Low Temperature Combustion for High Efficiency, Ultra-Low Emission Engines

    Assanis, Dennis N. [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Atreya, Arvind [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Chen, Jyh-Yuan [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Cheng, Wai K. [Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States); Dibble, Robert W. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Edwards, Chris [Stanford Univ., CA (United States); Filipi, Zoran S. [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Gerdes, Christian [Stanford Univ., CA (United States); Im, Hong [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Lavoie, George A. [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Wooldridge, Margaret S. [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)


    The objective of the University consortium was to investigate the fundamental processes that determine the practical boundaries of Low Temperature Combustion (LTC) engines and develop methods to extend those boundaries to improve the fuel economy of these engines, while operating with ultra low emissions. This work involved studies of thermal effects, thermal transients and engine management, internal mixing and stratification, and direct injection strategies for affecting combustion stability. This work also examined spark-assisted Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) and exhaust after-treatment so as to extend the range and maximize the benefit of Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI)/ Partially Premixed Compression Ignition (PPCI) operation. In summary the overall goals were; Investigate the fundamental processes that determine the practical boundaries of Low Temperature Combustion (LTC) engines; Develop methods to extend LTC boundaries to improve the fuel economy of HCCI engines fueled on gasoline and alternative blends, while operating with ultra low emissions; and Investigate alternate fuels, ignition and after-treatment for LTC and Partially Premixed compression Ignition (PPCI) engines.

  12. Low temperature regeneration of activated carbons using microwaves: revising conventional wisdom.

    Calışkan, E; Bermúdez, J M; Parra, J B; Menéndez, J A; Mahramanlıoğlu, M; Ania, C O


    The purpose of this work was to explore the application of microwaves for the low temperature regeneration of activated carbons saturated with a pharmaceutical compound (promethazine). Contrary to expectations, microwave-assisted regeneration did not lead to better results than those obtained under conventional electric heating. At low temperatures the regeneration was incomplete either under microwave and conventional heating, being this attributed to the insufficient input energy. At mild temperatures, a fall in the adsorption capacity upon cycling was obtained in both devices, although this was much more pronounced for the microwave. These results contrast with previous studies on the benefits of microwaves for the regeneration of carbon materials. The fall in the adsorption capacity after regeneration was due to the thermal cracking of the adsorbed molecules inside the carbon porous network, although this effect applies to both devices. When microwaves are used, along with the thermal heating of the carbon bed, a fraction of the microwave energy seemed to be directly used in the decomposition of promethazine through the excitation of the molecular bonds by microwaves (microwave-lysis). These results point out that the nature of the adsorbate and its ability to interact with microwave are key factors that control the application of microwaves for regeneration of exhausted activated carbons.

  13. Experimental simulation and numerical analysis of coal spontaneous combustion process at low temperature

    文虎; 徐精彩; 葛岭梅


    The characteristic of coal spontaneous, combustion includes oxidative property and exothermic capacity. It can really simulate the process of coal spontaneous combustion to use the large-scale experimental unit loading coal ! 000 kg. According to the field change of gas concentration and coal temperature determined through experiment of coal self-ignite at low temperature stage, and on the basis of hydromechanics and heat-transfer theory, some parameters can be calculated at different low temperature stage, such as, oxygen consumption rate, heat liberation intensity. It offers a theoretic criterion for quantitatively analyzing characteristic of coal self-ignite and forecasting coal spontaneous combustion. According to coal exothermic capability and its thermal storage surroundings, thermal equilibrium is applied to deduce the computational method of limit parameter of coal self-ignite. It offers a quantitative theoretic criterion for coal self-ignite forecasting and preventing. According to the measurement and test of spontaneous combustion of Haibei coal, some token parameter of Haibei coal,spontaneous combustion is quantitatively analyzed, such as, spontaneous combustion period of coal, critical temperature, oxygen consumption rate, heat liberation intensity, and limit parameter of coal self-ignite.

  14. SiGe Based Low Temperature Electronics for Lunar Surface Applications

    Mojarradi, Mohammad M.; Kolawa, Elizabeth; Blalock, Benjamin; Cressler, John


    The temperature at the permanently shadowed regions of the moon's surface is approximately -240 C. Other areas of the lunar surface experience temperatures that vary between 120 C and -180 C during the day and night respectively. To protect against the large temperature variations of the moon surface, traditional electronics used in lunar robotics systems are placed inside a thermally controlled housing which is bulky, consumes power and adds complexity to the integration and test. SiGe Based electronics have the capability to operate over wide temperature range like that of the lunar surface. Deploying low temperature SiGe electronics in a lander platform can minimize the need for the central thermal protection system and enable the development of a new generation of landers and mobility platforms with highly efficient distributed architecture. For the past five years a team consisting of NASA, university and industry researchers has been examining the low temperature and wide temperature characteristic of SiGe based transistors for developing electronics for wide temperature needs of NASA environments such as the Moon, Titan, Mars and Europa. This presentation reports on the status of the development of wide temperature SiGe based electronics for the landers and lunar surface mobility systems.

  15. The facile and low temperature synthesis of nanophase hydroxyapatite crystals using wet chemistry

    Dhand, Vivek [Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Kyung Hee University, 446–701 Yongin (Korea, Republic of); Rhee, K.Y., E-mail: [Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Kyung Hee University, 446–701 Yongin (Korea, Republic of); Park, Soo-Jin, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Inha University, Incheon (Korea, Republic of)


    A simple and facile wet chemistry route was used to synthesize nanophase hydroxyapatite (HaP) crystals at low temperature. The synthesis was carried out at a pH of 11.0 and at a temperature of 37 °C. The resulting samples were washed several times and subjected to further analysis. XRD studies revealed that the HaP crystals were polycrystalline in nature with a crystallite size of ∼ 15–60 ± 5 nm. SEM-EDXA images confirmed the presence of calcium (Ca), phosphorous (P), and oxygen (O) peaks. Likewise, FTIR confirmed the presence of characteristic phosphate and hydroxyl peaks in samples. Lastly, HRTEM images clearly showed distinctive lattice fringes positioned in the 100 and 002 planes. TGA analysis shows that HaP crystals can withstand higher calcination temperatures and are thermally stable. - Highlights: • Facile and low temperature nanophase HaP crystals synthesized at pH 11 and 37 °C • Electron microscopy image of HaP shows characteristic rice grain like morphology. • FTIR results show the characteristic and fingerprint functional groups of HaP. • Thermal stability of HaP crystals up to 500 °C • Growth of Hap crystals occur parallel to c-axis and a possible mechanism proposed.

  16. Superconducting critical state of Bi[sub 2]Sr[sub 2]CaCu[sub 2]O[sub 8]: two-dimensional effects at low temperatures

    Rodriguez, E. (Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Centro Atomico Bariloche (Argentina)); Goffman, M.F. (Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Centro Atomico Bariloche (Argentina)); Arribere, A. (Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Centro Atomico Bariloche (Argentina)); Cruz, F. de la (Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Centro Atomico Bariloche (Argentina)); Schneemeyer, L.F. (AT and T Bell Labs., Murray Hill, NJ (United States))


    The critical current in the c direction of Bi[sub 2]Sr[sub 2]CaCu[sub 2]O[sub 8] is shown to increase with temperature in low temperature ZFC measurements. The results are consistent with a loss of the c direction long range phase correlation, induced by the temperature dependent critical current flowing in the ab planes. As a result of this and the loss of the long range correlation induced by thermal disorder, the low temperature electrical resistance of the ZFC critical state is finite at low temperatures, becomes zero and is finite again at higher temperature. (orig.)

  17. Strength and reliability of low temperature transient liquid phase bonded Cu-Sn-Cu interconnects

    Brincker, Mads; Söhl, Stefan; Eisele, Ronald


    as a potential technology that could enable the realization of stacks with better thermal performance and reliability than those can be achieved using conventional soldering techniques. Low temperature TLP bonded CuSnCu samples are fabricated, and the strength of the achieved bonds is measured by shear testing......As power electronic devices have tendencies to operate at higher temperatures and current densities, the demand for reliable and efficient packaging technologies are ever increasing. This paper reports the studies on application of transient liquid phase (TLP) bonding of CuSnCu systems...... for achieving a strong and high temperature resistant bond. Finally, initial results from a thermal cycling test are presented and it is concluded that the achieved TLP bonding is a promising candidate for the fabrication of reliable interconnects in power electronics....

  18. Study on reaction mechanism of low temperature preparation of nanocrystalline LaCoO3-λ

    SHEN Haiyun; YANG Qiuhua; LI Ning


    Perovskite-type oxide nanocrystalline LaCoO3-λ was prepared using the citrate method.The structure and morphology of the sam-pies were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).The intermediate products were analyzed by thermal gravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA) technology.The results showed that nanocrystaUine LaCoO3-λwith a granula of 30-50 nm had a cubic perovskite structure.The reaction mechanism of low temperature preparation was suggested as fol-lows:the metal complex was first formed by the combination of metal ion and citric acid;and then it decomposed into an aconitie acid com-plex, followed by an oxycarbonate,and finally a perovskite-type oxide.

  19. Dating fluid flow in developing passive margins using low-temperature thermochronology

    Gleadow, A. J.; Seiler, C.; Kohn, B. P.


    Despite the importance of fluid flow for mass flux and remobilisation in the Earth's crust, the age of past fluid flow events is often difficult to determine, particularly in the low-temperature environment of the shallow crust. This is partly because mineral phases precipitated by low-temperature fluids are either lacking or not very easy to date. Low-temperature thermochronometers such as apatite fission track (AFT) and (U-Th)/He (AHe) systems are, in theory, ideally suited to investigate the temperature interval of hydrothermal fluids near the Earth's surface and could be used to date fluid flow in the shallow crust. In passive margins, however, rift-related faulting, exhumation and post-breakup erosion often result in a much stronger regional cooling signal that relates to tectonic events rather than fluid flow. Moreover, the response of low-temperature thermochronometers to transient and potentially short-lived thermal events associated with hydrothermal fluids has not been studied systematically and is poorly known. In this study, we report AFT and AHe results from two young, regionally important faults that were active at different stages of passive margin evolution in the Gulf of California rift system. In the first case, we investigate the thermal history of the Libertad fault in central Baja California, which represents the breakaway fault for Late Miocene to recent rifting. Regional background AFT and AHe ages range between ~60-35Ma, they predate rifting and are likely associated with steady erosional unroofing of the basement. In contrast, a closely spaced 3D grid of samples from the Libertad escarpment records a distinct Late Miocene thermal event at ~9-8Ma that can be traced several kilometres along the base and a few hundred metres up the escarpment face. In the second case, we collected a 2D grid of samples orthogonal to the Ballenas transform, a transform fault located ~3-5km offshore the coast of central Baja California that is part of the current

  20. 1992--1993 low-temperature geothermal assessment program, Colorada

    Cappa, J.A.; Hemborg, H.T.


    Previous assessments of Colorado`s low-temperature geothermal resources were completed by the Colorado Geological Survey in 1920 and in the mid- to late-1970s. The purpose of the 1992--1993 low-temperature geothermal resource assessment is to update the earlier physical, geochemical, and utilization data and compile computerized databases of the location, chemistry, and general information of the low-temperature geothermal resources in Colorado. The main sources of the data included published data from the Colorado Geological Survey, the US Geological Survey WATSTOR database, and the files of the State Division of Water Resources. The staff of the Colorado Geological Survey in 1992 and 1993 visited most of the known geothermal sources that were recorded as having temperatures greater than 30{degrees}C. Physical measurements of the conductivity, pH, temperature, flow rate, and notes on the current geothermal source utilization were taken. Ten new geochemical analyses were completed on selected geothermal sites. The results of the compilation and field investigations are compiled into the four enclosed Quattro Pro 4 databases. For the purposes of this report a geothermal area is defined as a broad area, usually less than 3 sq mi in size, that may have several wells or springs. A geothermal site is an individual well or spring within a geothermal area. The 1992-1993 assessment reports that there are 93 geothermal areas in the Colorado, up from the 56 reported in 1978; there are 157 geothermal sites up from the 125 reported in 1978; and a total of 382 geochemical analyses are compiled, up from the 236 reported in 1978. Six geothermal areas are recommended for further investigation: Trimble Hot Springs, Orvis Hot Springs, an area southeast of Pagosa Springs, the eastern San Luis Valley, Rico and Dunton area, and Cottonwood Hot Springs.

  1. Alternating current calorimetry at very high pressure and low temperature

    Wilhelm, H


    The specific heat of CePd sub 2 sub . sub 0 sub 2 Ge sub 1 sub . sub 9 sub 8 has been measured with an ac calorimetric technique up to 22 GPa for temperatures in the range 0.3 K <=T <=10 K. A thermocouple allowed the temperature oscillations to be read when an ac heating current was sent through the sample. The inverse of the thermovoltage V sub a sub c recorded at low temperature exhibits a pronounced anomaly as a function of pressure. It is shown that 1/V sub a sub c extrapolated to zero temperature is a measure of the Sommerfeld coefficient gamma.

  2. A Low Temperature Analysis of the Boundary Driven Kawasaki Process

    Maes, Christian; O'Kelly de Galway, Winny


    Low temperature analysis of nonequilibrium systems requires finding the states with the longest lifetime and that are most accessible from other states. We determine these dominant states for a one-dimensional diffusive lattice gas subject to exclusion and with nearest neighbor interaction. They do not correspond to lowest energy configurations even though the particle current tends to zero as the temperature reaches zero. That is because the dynamical activity that sets the effective time scale, also goes to zero with temperature. The result is a non-trivial asymptotic phase diagram, which crucially depends on the interaction coupling and the relative chemical potentials of the reservoirs.

  3. New insights in the low-temperature oxidation of acetylene

    Wang, Bing-Yin; Liu, Yue-Xi; Weng, Jun-Jie


    This work presents new experimental data of C2H2 low-temperature oxidation for equivalence ratios Φ= 0.5–3.0 in a newly designed jet-stirred reactor over a temperature range of 600–1100K at atmospheric pressure with residence time corresponding from 1.94 to 1.06s. Mole fraction profiles of 17 int...... formation at temperatures above 1000K. In addition to the present data, the model predicts well ignition delay times reported in literature....

  4. Two loop low temperature corrections to electron self energy

    Mahnaz Q. Haseeb; Samina S. Masood


    We xecalculate the two loop corrections in the background heat bath using real time formalism.The procedure of the integrations of loop momenta with dependence on finite temperature before the moments without it has been followed. We determine the mass and wavefunction renormalization constants in the low temperature limit of QED, for the first time with this preferred order of integrations. The correction to electron mass and spinors in this limit is important in the early universe at the time of primordial nucleosynthesis as well as in astrophysics.

  5. Ionic Conduction in Cubic Zirconias at Low Temperatures

    Ying LI; Yunfa CHEN; Jianghong GONG


    The ac conductivities of Y2O3 or CaO-stabilized cubic zirconias were obtained from complex impedance measurements in the temperature range from 373 to 473 K. By analyzing the temperature-dependence of the resultant dc conductivities, it was shown that the activation energies for conduction are lower than those reported previously for the same materials at high temperatures. Comparing the activation energy data with the theoretically estimated values revealed that there may exist a certain, although very small, amount of free oxygen vacancies in the test samples at low temperatures and the conduction in the test samples is a result of the migration of these free oxygen vacancies.

  6. Complex-compound low-temperature TES system

    Rockenfeller, U. [Rocky Research, Boulder City, NV (United States)


    Development of a complex-compound low-temperature TES system is described herein from basic chemical principles through current bench scale system development. Important application engineering issues and an economic outlook are addressed as well. The system described uses adsorption reactions between solid metal inorganic salts and ammonia refrigerant. It is the coordinative nature of these reactions that allows for storage of ammonia refrigerant within the solid salt crystals that function as a chemical compressor during on peak periods (substituting the mechanical compressor) and release ammonia during off peak periods while a mechanical vapor compression system provides the necessary reactor pressure and heat.

  7. Low temperature catalytic combustion of natural gas - hydrogen - air mixtures

    Newson, E.; Roth, F. von; Hottinger, P.; Truong, T.B. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)


    The low temperature catalytic combustion of natural gas - air mixtures would allow the development of no-NO{sub x} burners for heating and power applications. Using commercially available catalysts, the room temperature ignition of methane-propane-air mixtures has been shown in laboratory reactors with combustion efficiencies over 95% and maximum temperatures less than 700{sup o}C. After a 500 hour stability test, severe deactivation of both methane and propane oxidation functions was observed. In cooperation with industrial partners, scaleup to 3 kW is being investigated together with startup dynamics and catalyst stability. (author) 3 figs., 3 refs.

  8. Low temperature properties of some Er-rich intermetallic compounds

    K.A. Gshneidner,jr; A.O. Pecharsky; L.Hale; V.K. Pecharsky


    The low temperature volumetric heat capacity ({approx}3.5 to 350 K) and magnetic susceptibility ({approx}4 to 320 K) of Er{sub 3}Rh, Er{sub 3}Ir, Er{sub 3}Pt, Er{sub 2}Al, and Er{sub 2}Sn have been measured. All of the compounds order antiferromagnetically (or ferrimagnetically), and most exhibit more than one magnetic ordering transition. The volumetric heat capacities in general are smaller than those of the prototype magnetic regenerator materials, except for Er{sub 3}Ir in the 12 to 14 K temperature range.

  9. High-pressure-low-temperature x-ray power diffractometer.

    Syassen, K; Holzapfel, W B


    A high-pressure technique for x-ray diffraction studies at low temperatures is described. The system consists of a Bridgman anvil type high-pressure device with either tungsten carbide or boron carbide anvils, a liquid He cryostat, and x-ray diffractometer operating in Debye-Scherrer geometry. The newly developed boron carbide anvil cell is capable of containing a liquid pressure transmitting medium. The precision of the lattice parameter determination is discussed and the effect of nonisostatic stress components on the diffraction pattern is examined.

  10. Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Facility Payload for the ISS

    Langford, Don; Pensinger, John


    The LTMPF Payload is a 182-liter superfluid-helium dewar that will be attached to the JEM-EF facility of the International Space Station after launch in the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle. The LTMPF Payload will provide a major low-temperature research laboratory for Fundamental Physics experiments on the International Space Station. The LTMPF payload will provide instrument temperatures below superfluid helium temperatures and the ISS will provide microgravity to allow the experiments to study condensed matter and gravitational physics. Each flight will be allocated to one condensed matter instrument and one gravitation instrument.

  11. Engineered Nanostructured MEA Technology for Low Temperature Fuel Cells

    Zhu, Yimin


    The objective of this project is to develop a novel catalyst support technology based on unique engineered nanostructures for low temperature fuel cells which: (1) Achieves high catalyst activity and performance; (2) Improves catalyst durability over current technologies; and (3) Reduces catalyst cost. This project is directed at the development of durable catalysts supported by novel support that improves the catalyst utilization and hence reduce the catalyst loading. This project will develop a solid fundamental knowledge base necessary for the synthetic effort while at the same time demonstrating the catalyst advantages in Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFCs).

  12. EXAFS investigation of low temperature nitrided stainless steel

    Oddershede, Jette; Christiansen, Thomas; Ståhl, Kenny


    Low temperature nitrided stainless steel AISI 316 flakes were investigated with EXAFS and X-ray diffraction analysis. The stainless steel flakes were transformed into a mixture of nitrogen expanded austenite and nitride phases. Two treatments were carried out yielding different overall nitrogen...... contents: (1) nitriding in pure NH3 and (2)nitriding in pure NH3 followed by reduction in H2. The majority of the Cr atoms in the stainless steel after treatment 1 and 2 was associated with a nitrogen–chromium bond distance comparable to that of the chemical compound CrN. The possibility of the occurrence...

  13. Low temperature chemistry in gasoline compression ignition engines

    Roehl, Olaf


    The legislation to the exhaust gas regulation requires new approaches for the energy conversion in combustion engines. Thereby, procedures with a homogeneous or an easily layered mixture and self-ignition increasingly attain in interest. The author of the contribution under consideration reports on the development of suitable models for the investigation of such a combustion process. The main part is the adaptive multi-zones approach for detailed 3D-CFD simulations of the combustion. In connection with a detailed chemical mechanism, this model enables an analysis of the influence for low-temperature kinetics on the fuel procedure.

  14. Laser controlled charge-transfer reaction at low temperatures

    Petrov, Alexander; Kotochigova, Svetlana


    We study the low-temperature charge transfer reaction between a neutral atom and an ion under the influence of near-resonant laser light. By setting up a multi-channel model with field-dressed states we demonstrate that the reaction rate coefficient can be enhanced by several orders of magnitude with laser intensities of $10^6$ W/cm$^2$ or larger. In addition, depending on laser frequency one can induce a significant enhancement or suppression of the charge-exchange rate coefficient. For our intensities multi-photon processes are not important.

  15. Oxide films: low-temperature deposition and crystallization

    Park, Sangmoon; Herman, Gregory S.; Keszler, Douglas A.


    Thin films of CeO 2 and (Ce,Sm)O 2 have been prepared by using the SILAR method of deposition in conjunction with hydrothermal and high-temperature annealing. Low-temperature, low-pressure hydrothermal annealing of amorphous Mn:Zn 2GeO 4 films has lead to the growth of grains having edge lengths near 1 μm. Thick films of crystalline Zn 2SiO 4 exhibiting limited cracking have been prepared by a doctor-blade method also in conjunction with hydrothermal dehydration and annealing.

  16. Low temperature Mössbauer studies on magnetic nanocomposites

    K A Malini; M R Anantharaman; Ajay Gupta


    Nanocomposites with magnetic components possessing nanometric dimensions, lying in the range 1–10 nm, are found to be exhibiting superior physical properties with respect to their coarser sized counterparts. Magnetic nanocomposites based on gamma iron oxide embedded in a polymer matrix have been prepared and characterized. The behaviour of these samples at low temperatures have been studied using Mössbauer spectroscopy. Mössbauer studies indicate that the composites consist of very fine particles of -Fe2O3 of which some amount exists in the superparamagnetic phase. The cycling of the preparative conditions were found to increase the amount of -Fe2O3 in the matrix.

  17. Advanced materials and design for low temperature SOFCs

    Wachsman, Eric D.; Yoon, Heesung; Lee, Kang Taek; Camaratta, Matthew; Ahn, Jin Soo


    Embodiments of the invention are directed to SOFC with a multilayer structure comprising a porous ceramic cathode, optionally a cathodic triple phase boundary layer, a bilayer electrolyte comprising a cerium oxide comprising layer and a bismuth oxide comprising layer, an anion functional layer, and a porous ceramic anode with electrical interconnects, wherein the SOFC displays a very high power density at temperatures below C. with hydrogen or hydrocarbon fuels. The low temperature conversion of chemical energy to electrical energy allows the fabrication of the fuel cells using stainless steel or other metal alloys rather than ceramic conductive oxides as the interconnects.

  18. Suspension Device for Use with Low Temperature Refrigerator

    Wegel, Donald C. (Inventor)


    A suspension device for use with a low temperature refrigeration system, such as an adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator is provided. A support ring is provided with three spring-loaded tension assemblies equally spaced about the periphery of the support ring. The tension assemblies each have a pulley, about which is entrained a band of material. Connected to this band is a ring that laterally supports a cylindrical salt pill. Undesired variations in the amount of slack in the band as the salt pill cools are compensated for by the spring loading of the tension assemblies.


    Matijević, Božidar


    Conventional aluminizing processes by pack cementation are typically carried out at elevated temperatures. A low temperature powder aluminizing technology was applied to the X40CrMoV5-1 hot tool steel. The aluminizing temperature was from 550 °C to 620 °C. Effects of temperature and time on the microstructure and phase evolution were investigated. Also, the intermetallic layer thickness was measured in the aluminized layer of a steel substrate. The cross-sectional microstructures, the alumini...

  20. A low temperature aluminizing treatment of hot work tool steel

    Matijevic, B., E-mail: [University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Zagreb (Croatia)


    Conventional aluminizing processes by pack cementation are typically carried out at elevated temperatures. A low temperature powder aluminizing technology was applied to hot tool steel H13. The aluminizing treating temperature was from 550 to 620°C. Effects of temperature and time on the microstructure and phase evolution were investigated. Also, the intermetallic layer thickness was measured in the aluminized layer of a steel substrate. The cross-sectional microstructures, the aluminized layer thickness and the oxide layer were studied. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), glow discharge optical spectroscopy (GDOS) were applied to observe the cross-sections and the distribution of elements. (author)

  1. Positronium formation at low temperatures: The role of trapped electrons

    Hirade, T.; Maurer, F.H.J.; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard


    Measurements have been carried out of electron spin densities (by electron spin resonance technique) and positronium (Ps) formation probability as functions of Co-60 gamma-irradiation dose in poly(methyl methacrylate) and linear poly(ethylene) at 77 K. We observe a linear relationship between...... the enhancement of the Ps formation and the density of trapped electrons in both polymers. This clear correlation strongly supports the previous suggestion by the authors that the increase in Ps formation with time (that has been observed at low temperatures for a number of polymers) can be explained...

  2. Inert Anode Life in Low Temperature Reduction Process

    Bradford, Donald R.


    The production of aluminum metal by low temperature electrolysis utilizing metal non-consumable anodes and ceramic cathodes was extensively investigated. Tests were performed with traditional sodium fluoride--aluminum fluoride composition electrolytes, potassium fluoride-- aluminum fluoride electrolytes, and potassium fluoride--sodium fluoride--aluminum fluoride electrolytes. All of the Essential First-Tier Requirements of the joint DOE-Aluminum Industry Inert Anode Road Map were achieved and those items yet to be resolved for commercialization of this technology were identified. Methods for the fabrication and welding of metal alloy anodes were developed and tested. The potential savings of energy and energy costs were determined and potential environmental benefits verified.

  3. Assessment of low temperature cracking in asphalt pavement mixes and rheological performance of asphalt binders

    Sowah-Kuma, David

    Government spends a lot of money on the reconstruction and rehabilitation of road pavements in any given year due to various distresses and eventual failure. Low temperature (thermal) cracking, one of the main types of pavement distress, contributes partly to this economic loss, and comes about as a result of accumulated tensile strains exceeding the threshold tensile strain capacity of the pavement. This pavement distress leads to a drastic reduction of the pavement's service life and performance. In this study, the severity of low temperature (thermal) cracking on road pavements selected across the Province of Ontario and its predicted time to failure was assessed using the AASTHO Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) and AASHTOWARE(TM) software, with inputs such as creep compliance and tensile strength from laboratory test. Highway 400, K1, K2, Y1, Sasobit, Rediset LQ, and Rediset WMX were predicted to have a pavement in-service life above 15 years. Additionally, the rheological performance of the recovered asphalt binders was assessed using Superpave(TM) tests such as the dynamic shear rheometer (DSR) and bending beam rheometer (BBR). Further tests using modified standard protocols such as the extended bending beam rheometer (eBBR) (LS-308) test method and double-edge notched tension (DENT) test (LS-299) were employed to evaluate the failure properties associated with in service performance. The various rheological tests showed K1 to be the least susceptible to low temperature cracking compared to the remaining samples whiles Highway 24 will be highly susceptible to low temperature cracking. X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis was performed on the recovered asphalt binders to determine the presence of metals such as zinc (Zn) and molybdenum (Mo) believed to originate from waste engine oil, which is often added to asphalt binders. Finally, the severity of oxidative aging (hardening) of the recovered asphalt binders was also evaluated using the

  4. NMR study of CeTe at low temperatures

    Hinderer, J.; Weyeneth, S. M.; Weller, M.; Gavilano, J. L.; Felder, E.; Hulliger, F.; Ott, H. R.


    We present 125Te NMR measurements on CeTe powder at temperatures between 1 and 150 K and in magnetic fields between 5 and 8 T. CeTe is a rocksalt-type intermetallic compound. It orders antiferromagnetically at TN≈2.2 K with a much reduced ordered moment [H.R. Ott, J.K. Kjems, F. Hulliger, Phys. Rev. Lett. 42 20 (1979) 1378]. From our low-temperature NMR spectra we infer the presence of at least three inequivalent Te sites at low temperatures. Considering the crystal structure this result is completely unexpected. The linewidths and the Knight shifts of the individual lines are significantly different and increase substantially with decreasing temperature. They follow the temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility above 20 K. Above TN, hyperfine fields of 1.6, 0.8 and 0.0 T at the three Te sites per Bohr magneton of Ce moment are deduced from Knight shift vs. magnetic susceptibility data. These values are typical for transferred hyperfine fields via conduction electrons.

  5. Toxicity of phosphine fumigation against Bactrocera tau at low temperature.

    Li, Li; Liu, Tao; Li, Baishu; Zhang, Fanhua; Dong, Shujun; Wang, Yuejin


    Bactrocera tau (Walker) is one of the most harmful pests to fruits and vegetables. To counteract this pest, the development of phytosanitary treatment is required to comply with the pest regulation requirements of certain countries. This study investigated the toxicity of phosphine fumigation against B. tau under low temperature conditions. Different growth stages (eggs and instars) of B. tau were exposed to 1.07 mg/liter phosphine for 1-10 d at 5 degrees C, and compared with unfumigated flies at 5 degrees C. The results showed that tolerance to cold treatment alone or phosphine fumigation at low temperatures generally increased with the stage of insect development. However, eggs incubated for 12 h at 25 degrees C represented the most tolerant growth stage to phosphine fumigation at 5 degrees C. Furthermore, 8.56- to 2.18-d exposure periods were required to achieve 99% mortality with a range of phosphine concentrations from 0.46 to 3.81 mg/liter. C0.62 t = k expression was obtained from the LT99 values, indicating that the exposure time was more important than the phosphine concentration.

  6. A low-temperature polymorph of m-quinquephenyl.

    Gomes, Ligia R; Howie, R Alan; Low, John Nicolson; Rodrigues, Ana S M C; Santos, Luís M N B F


    A low-temperature polymorph of 1,1':3',1'':3'',1''':3''',1''''-quinquephenyl (m-quinquephenyl), C(30)H(22), crystallizes in the space group P2(1)/c with two molecules in the asymmetric unit. The crystal is a three-component nonmerohedral twin. A previously reported room-temperature polymorph [Rabideau, Sygula, Dhar & Fronczek (1993). Chem. Commun. pp. 1795-1797] also crystallizes with two molecules in the asymmetric unit in the space group P-1. The unit-cell volume for the low-temperature polymorph is 4120.5 (4) Å(3), almost twice that of the room-temperature polymorph which is 2102.3 (6) Å(3). The molecules in both structures adopt a U-shaped conformation with similar geometric parameters. The structural packing is similar in both compounds, with the molecules lying in layers which stack perpendicular to the longest unit-cell axis. The molecules pack alternately in the layers and in the stacked columns. In both polymorphs, the only interactions between the molecules which can stabilize the packing are very weak C-H...π interactions.

  7. Material for electrodes of low temperature plasma generators

    Caplan, Malcolm; Vinogradov, Sergel Evge'evich; Ribin, Valeri Vasil'evich; Shekalov, Valentin Ivanovich; Rutberg, Philip Grigor'evich; Safronov, Alexi Anatol'evich


    Material for electrodes of low temperature plasma generators. The material contains a porous metal matrix impregnated with a material emitting electrons. The material uses a mixture of copper and iron powders as a porous metal matrix and a Group IIIB metal component such as Y.sub.2O.sub.3 is used as a material emitting electrons at, for example, the proportion of the components, mass %: iron: 3-30; Y.sub.2O.sub.3:0.05-1; copper: the remainder. Copper provides a high level of heat conduction and electric conductance, iron decreases intensity of copper evaporation in the process of plasma creation providing increased strength and lifetime, Y.sub.2O.sub.3 provides decreasing of electronic work function and stability of arc burning. The material can be used for producing the electrodes of low temperature AC plasma generators used for destruction of liquid organic wastes, medical wastes, and municipal wastes as well as for decontamination of low level radioactive waste, the destruction of chemical weapons, warfare toxic agents, etc.

  8. Final Report - Low Temperature Combustion Chemistry And Fuel Component Interactions

    Wooldridge, Margaret [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)


    Recent research into combustion chemistry has shown that reactions at “low temperatures” (700 – 1100 K) have a dramatic influence on ignition and combustion of fuels in virtually every practical combustion system. A powerful class of laboratory-scale experimental facilities that can focus on fuel chemistry in this temperature range is the rapid compression facility (RCF), which has proven to be a versatile tool to examine the details of fuel chemistry in this important regime. An RCF was used in this project to advance our understanding of low temperature chemistry of important fuel compounds. We show how factors including fuel molecular structure, the presence of unsaturated C=C bonds, and the presence of alkyl ester groups influence fuel auto-ignition and produce variable amounts of negative temperature coefficient behavior of fuel ignition. We report new discoveries of synergistic ignition interactions between alkane and alcohol fuels, with both experimental and kinetic modeling studies of these complex interactions. The results of this project quantify the effects of molecular structure on combustion chemistry including carbon bond saturation, through low temperature experimental studies of esters, alkanes, alkenes, and alcohols.

  9. Low Temperature Electrical Resistivity Studies in Lead Thin Films

    A.W. Manjunath


    Full Text Available Thin lead films of thickness, 100 nm, 150 nm, 200 nm and 250 nm have been deposited using electron beam evaporation technique at room temperature onto glass substrates under high vacuum conditions. Films were investigated for electrical resistivity at low temperatures from 77 K to 300 K. Resistivity variation with temperature indicates transition from metallic to semiconductor behavior. Transition tem-perature increased with increasing film thickness. Temperature coefficient of resistance in the metallic re-gion has been determined for all the four films. Using Arrhenius relation, activation energy for conduction in metallic region has been determined. Mott’s small polaron hopping model has been employed to deter-mine activation energy in the semiconducting region. In a film of 250 nm thick, deviation from Mott’s small polaron hopping model for below 100 K was noted and that has been considered under Mott’s variable range hopping model. The complete understanding of electrical properties of Pb films has been necessitat-ed by the fact that the band gap in CdS decreases when Pb is incorporated into it, which in turn can be used to fabricated large efficient solar cells. It is for the first time that lead films of the present thickness have been investigated for low temperature resistivity.

  10. Interaction Versus Entropic Repulsion for Low Temperature Ising Polymers

    Ioffe, Dmitry; Shlosman, Senya; Toninelli, Fabio Lucio


    Contours associated to many interesting low-temperature statistical mechanics models (2D Ising model, (2+1)D SOS interface model, etc) can be described as self-interacting and self-avoiding walks on . When the model is defined in a finite box, the presence of the boundary induces an interaction, that can turn out to be attractive, between the contour and the boundary of the box. On the other hand, the contour cannot cross the boundary, so it feels entropic repulsion from it. In various situations of interest (in Caputo et al. Ann. Probab., arXiv:1205.6884, J. Eur. Math. Soc., arXiv:1302.6941, arXiv:1406.1206, Ioffe and Shlosman, in preparation), a crucial technical problem is to prove that entropic repulsion prevails over the pinning interaction: in particular, the contour-boundary interaction should not modify significantly the contour partition function and the related surface tension should be unchanged. Here we prove that this is indeed the case, at least at sufficiently low temperature, in a quite general framework that applies in particular to the models of interest mentioned above.

  11. Li/CFx Cells Optimized for Low-Temperature Operation

    Smart, Marshall C.; Whitacre, Jay F.; Bugga, Ratnakumar V.; Prakash, G. K. Surya; Bhalla, Pooja; Smith, Kiah


    Some developments reported in prior NASA Tech Briefs articles on primary electrochemical power cells containing lithium anodes and fluorinated carbonaceous (CFx) cathodes have been combined to yield a product line of cells optimized for relatively-high-current operation at low temperatures at which commercial lithium-based cells become useless. These developments have involved modifications of the chemistry of commercial Li/CFx cells and batteries, which are not suitable for high-current and low-temperature applications because they are current-limited and their maximum discharge rates decrease with decreasing temperature. One of two developments that constitute the present combination is, itself, a combination of developments: (1) the use of sub-fluorinated carbonaceous (CFx wherein xLiBF4 dissolved at a concentration of 0.5 M in a mixture of four volume parts of 1,2 dimethoxyethane with one volume part of propylene carbonate. The proportion, x, of fluorine in the cathode in such a cell lies between 0.5 and 0.9. The best of such cells fabricated to date have exhibited discharge capacities as large as 0.6 A h per gram at a temperature of 50 C when discharged at a rate of C/5 (where C is the magnitude of the current, integrated for one hour, that would amount to the nominal charge capacity of a cell).

  12. Measured Performance of a Low Temperature Air Source Heat Pump

    Johnson, R. K. [Johnson Research LLC, Pueblo West, CO (United States)


    A 4-ton Low Temperature Heat Pump (LTHP) manufactured by Hallowell International was installed in a residence near New Haven, Connecticut and monitored over two winters of operation. After attending to some significant service issues, the heat pump operated as designed. This report should be considered a review of the dual compressor 'boosted heat pump' technology. The Low Temperature Heat Pumpsystem operates with four increasing levels of capacity (heat output) as the outdoor temperature drops. The system was shown to select capacity correctly, supplying the appropriate amount of heat to the house across the full range of outdoor temperatures. The system's Coefficient of Performance (Seasonal COP, or SCOP) over two entire winters was calculated, based on measured data, to be 3.29over the first winter and 2.68 over the second winter. A second seasonal efficiency calculation by a different method yielded a SCOP of 2.78 for the first winter and 2.83 for the second winter. This second seasonal efficiency calculation was determined by comparing measured heat pump energy use to the in situ energy use with resistance heat alone. This method is the ratio of the slopes of thedaily energy use load lines.

  13. Phase transition of carbonate solvent mixture solutions at low temperatures

    Okumura, Takefumi; Horiba, Tatsuo


    The phase transition of carbonate solvent mixture solutions consisting of ethylene carbonate (EC), dimethyl carbonate (DMC), ethyl methyl carbonate (EMC), and LiPF6 salt have been studied for improving the low temperature performance of lithium-ion batteries. The Li ion conductivity at 25 °C was maximum at x = 0.3 in a series of 1 M LiPF6 mixed carbonate solvents compositions consisting of ECxDMC0.5-0.5xEMC0.5-0.5x (x = 0 to 0.6), while the maximum tended to shift to x = 0.2 as the temperature lowered. The differential scanning calorimetry results showed that the freezing temperature depressions of EC in the 1 M LiPF6 solution were larger than those of the DMC or EMC. The chemical shift of 7Li nuclear magnetic resonance changed from a constant to increasing at around x = 0.3, which could be reasonably understood by focusing on the change in solvation energy calculated using Born equation. However, in the region of a high EC concentration of over x = 0.3 (EC/LiPF6 > 4) in the 1 M LiPF6 solution, the free EC from the solvation to the lithium ions seems to reduce the freezing temperature depression of the EC, and thus, decreases the ionic conductivity of the solution at low temperatures, due to the EC freezing.

  14. Ultraviolet surface plasmon-mediated low temperature hydrazine decomposition

    Peng, Siying; Sheldon, Matthew T.; Atwater, Harry A. [Thomas J. Watson Laboratories of Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States); Liu, Wei-Guang; Jaramillo-Botero, Andres; Goddard, William Andrew [Materials and Process Simulation Center, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States)


    Conventional methods require elevated temperatures in order to dissociate high-energy nitrogen bonds in precursor molecules such as ammonia or hydrazine used for nitride film growth. We report enhanced photodissociation of surface-absorbed hydrazine (N{sub 2}H{sub 4}) molecules at low temperature by using ultraviolet surface plasmons to concentrate the exciting radiation. Plasmonic nanostructured aluminum substrates were designed to provide resonant near field concentration at λ = 248 nm (5 eV), corresponding to the maximum optical cross section for hydrogen abstraction from N{sub 2}H{sub 4}. We employed nanoimprint lithography to fabricate 1 mm × 1 mm arrays of the resonant plasmonic structures, and ultraviolet reflectance spectroscopy confirmed resonant extinction at 248 nm. Hydrazine was cryogenically adsorbed to the plasmonic substrate in a low-pressure ambient, and 5 eV surface plasmons were resonantly excited using a pulsed KrF laser. Mass spectrometry was used to characterize the photodissociation products and indicated a 6.2× overall enhancement in photodissociation yield for hydrazine adsorbed on plasmonic substrates compared with control substrates. The ultraviolet surface plasmon enhanced photodissociation demonstrated here may provide a valuable method to generate reactive precursors for deposition of nitride thin film materials at low temperatures.

  15. QTL Mapping of Low Temperature on Germination rate of Rice

    CHEN Liang; LOU Qiao-jun; SUN Zong-xiu; XING Yong-zhong; YU Xin-qiao; LUO Li-jun


    To investigate the low temperature on germination capacity (LTG) a double haploid rice (DH) population with 198 lines derived from anther culture of F1 hybrid with indica line Zhenshan 97B and a perennial japonica line AAV002863 was used to construct a linkage map with 140 SSR markers. The germination rate in Zhenshan 97B and AAV002863 was 79.7% and 30.1%, while in DH population it ranged from 0 to 100% at 15℃ after 6 days. Quantitative trait loci (QTLs) controlling low temperature germinability were identified on chromosomes 3 and 10. The percentage of observed phenotypic variance attributed to qLTG-3 and qLTG-10 was 12.6% and 12.9%, respectively. Allele from Zhenshan 97B increased the LTG at qLTG-3 region, while allele from AAV002863 increased the LTG at qLTG-10 region. One pair of epistatic interaction was detected between loci on chromosomes 3 and 10. The main-effect of QTL on chromosome 10 was also involved in epistatic interaction.

  16. Surface modification of oleylamine-capped Ag-Cu nanoparticles to fabricate low-temperature-sinterable Ag-Cu nanoink

    Kim, Na Rae; Jong Lee, Yung; Lee, Changsoo; Koo, Jahyun; Lee, Hyuck Mo


    By treating oleylamine (OA)-capped Ag-Cu nanoparticles with tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH), we obtained metal nanoparticles that are suspended in polar solvents and sinterable at low temperatures. The simple process with ultra sonication enables synthesis of monodispersed and high purity nanoparticles in an organic base, where the resulting nanoparticles are dispersible in polar solvents such as ethanol and isopropyl alcohol. To investigate the surface characteristics, we conducted Fourier-transform infrared and zeta-potential analyses. After thermal sintering at 200 °C, which is approximately 150 °C lower than the thermal decomposition temperature of OA, an electrically conductive thin film was obtained. Electrical resistivity measurements of the TMAH-treated ink demonstrate that surface modified nanoparticles have a low resistivity of 13.7 × 10-6 Ω cm. These results confirm the prospects of using low-temperature sinterable nanoparticles as the electrode layer for flexible printed electronics without damaging other stacked polymer layers.

  17. Low temperature sensing behavior of upconversion luminescence in Er3+/Yb3+ codoped PLZT transparent ceramic

    Feng, Zhuohong; Lin, Lin; Wang, ZheZhe; Zheng, Zhiqiang


    In this paper, low temperature sensing characteristic of upconversion luminescence in Er3+/Yb3+ codoped lead-lanthanum zirconate-titanate ferroelectric ceramics (PLZT) was investigated by fluorescence intensity ratios (FIRs). The upconversion emissions at 539 nm, 564 nm and 666 nm were observed from 10 K to 320 K by exciting at 980 nm. These emissions were assigned to the transitions 2H11/2→4I15/2, 4S3/2→4I15/2, and 4F9/2→4I15/2, respectively. The temperature dependent emission intensities of upconversion luminescence were analyzed, from which the thermal excitation processes among the three levels system of 2H11/2, 4S3/2 and 4F9/2 were discovered. Based on this, the FIRs of 539 nm to 666 nm, 539 nm to 564 nm are studied, and the variation trends of them agree with the Boltzmann distribution of thermal coupled in the temperature range of 140-320 K. The temperature sensitivity of intensity ratio of 539 nm to 666 nm is 21.84×10-4 K-1 at 320 K, which is about 4 times than that of 539 nm to 564 nm. The temperature sensing performance can be improved by high valued ΔE of thermal coupled levels (TCLs). This paper shows that 2H11/2 and 4F9/2 of Er3+ are TCLs in PLZT, and the upconversion luminescence of Er3+/Yb3+ codoped PLZT transparent ceramic have a potential application in low temperature sensing above 140 K.

  18. Investigating Low Temperature Properties of Rubber Seals - 13020

    Jaunich, M.; Wolff, D.; Stark, W. [BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Unter den Eichen 87, 12203 Berlin (Germany)


    To achieve the required tightness levels of containers for low and intermediate level radioactive wastes rubbers are widely applied as main sealing materials. The save encapsulation of the radioactive container contents has to be guaranteed according to legislation and appropriate guidelines for long storage periods as well as down to temperatures of -40 deg. C during transportation. Therefore the understanding of failure mechanisms that lead to leakage at low temperatures is of high importance. It is known that the material properties of rubbers are strongly influenced by temperature. At low temperatures this is caused by the rubber-glass transition (abbr. glass transition). During continuous cooling the material changes from rubber-like entropy-elastic to stiff energy-elastic behaviour, that allows nearly no strain or retraction. Therefore, rubbers are normally used above their glass transition but the minimum working temperature limit is not defined precisely, what can cause problems during application. The temperature range where full functionality is possible is strongly dependent on the application conditions and the material. For this investigation mainly ethylene propylene diene (EPDM) and fluorocarbon rubbers (FKM) were selected as they are often used for radioactive waste containers. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) are typically used for the determination of the temperature range of the glass transition process. The standardized compression set measurement according to ISO 815 is common for investigation of rubber sealing materials as the test simulates the seal behaviour after release. To reduce the test time of the standard tests a faster technique giving the same information was developed. Additionally, the breakdown temperature of the sealing function of complete O-ring seals is measured in a component test setup to compare it with the results of the other tests. The experimental setup is capable of

  19. Calorimetric low temperature detectors for heavy ion physics

    Egelhof, P.; Kraft-Bermuth, S. [Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung mbH, Darmstadt (Germany)]|[Mainz Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Physik


    Calorimetric low temperature detectors have the potential to become powerful tools for applications in many fields of heavy ion physics. A brief overview of heavy ion physics at present and at the next generation heavy ion facilities is given with a special emphasis on the conditions for heavy ion detection and the potential advantage of cryogenic detectors for applications in heavy ion physics. Two types of calorimetric low temperature detectors for the detection of energetic heavy ions have been developed and their response to the impact of heavy ions was investigated systematically for a wide range of energies (E=0.1-360 MeV/amu) and ion species ({sup 4}He.. {sup 238}U). Excellent results with respect to energy resolution, {delta}E/E ranging from 1 to 5 x 10{sup -3} even for the heaviest ions, and other basic detector properties such as energy linearity with no indication of a pulse height defect, energy threshold, detection efficiency and radiation hardness have been obtained, representing a considerable improvement as compared to conventional heavy ion detectors based on ionization. With the achieved performance, calorimetric low temperature detectors bear a large potential for applications in various fields of basic and applied heavy ion research. A brief overview of a few prominent examples, such as high resolution nuclear spectroscopy, high resolution nuclear mass determination, which may be favourably used for identification of superheavy elements or in direct reaction experiments with radioactive beams, as well as background discrimination in accelerator mass spectrometry, is given, and first results are presented. For instance, the use of cryogenic detectors allowed to improve the sensitivity in trace analysis of {sup 236}U by one order of magnitude and to determine the up to date smallest isotope ratio of {sup 236}U/{sup 238}U = 6.1 x 10{sup -12} in a sample of natural uranium. Besides the detection of heavy ions, the concept of cryogenic detectors also

  20. The Role of Soya Oil Ester in Water-Based PCM for Low Temperature Cool Energy Storage

    I. M. Rasta


    Full Text Available This study focuses on the preparation of the water-based phase change material (PCM with very small soya oil solution for low temperature latent heat thermal energy storage (LHTES. Soya oil ester is soluble very well in water and acts as nucleating agent for a novel solid-liquid PCM candidate that is suitable for low temperature cool storage in the range between −9°C and −6°C. Thermal energy storage properties of the water with very small soya oil ester solution were measured by T-history method. The experimental results show that very small amount of soya oil ester in water can lower the freezing point and trigger ice nucleation for elimination of the supercooling degree. The phase transition temperatures of the water-based PCMs with soya oil as nucleate agent were lower than those of individual water. The thermal properties make it potential PCM for LHTES systems used in low temperature cool energy storage applications.

  1. Effects of low-temperature oxidation on natural remanent magnetization of Chinese loess


    This study systematically investigates changes in both compositions and grain-sizes of magnetic minerals in the Chinese loess/paleosol samples (Yichuan, China) during thermal demagnetization processes. Between 100 and 200℃, (1) Hc and Hcr significantly decrease while Mrs and Ms remain stable; (2) concentration of the multi-domain (MD) grains increases while that of superparamagnetic (SP) grains decreases; and (3) there exists the abnormal behavior of the thermal demagnetization in the natural remanent magnetization (NRM). In addition, the corresponding changes in all these parameters are gradually muted with the increase of the pedogenesis degree. The results indicate that the observed alteration probably relates to reducing processes caused by the burning of the organic matter in samples. Before the thermal treatment, the MD grains in loess samples had been partially altered in nature by low-temperature oxidization (LTO). This CRM can be sufficiently attenuated or even removed by the reducing process between 100 and 200℃ during the thermal treatment and has no apparent harmful effects on the characteristic remanent magnetization (ChRM) between 300 and 500℃.

  2. Thermo-voltage measurements of atomic contacts at low temperature

    Ayelet Ofarim


    Full Text Available We report the development of a novel method to determine the thermopower of atomic-sized gold contacts at low temperature. For these measurements a mechanically controllable break junction (MCBJ system is used and a laser source generates a temperature difference of a few kelvins across the junction to create a thermo-voltage. Since the temperature difference enters directly into the Seebeck coefficient S = −ΔV/ΔT, the determination of the temperature plays an important role. We present a method for the determination of the temperature difference using a combination of a finite element simulation, which reveals the temperature distribution of the sample, and the measurement of the resistance change due to laser heating of sensor leads on both sides next to the junction. Our results for the measured thermopower are in agreement with recent reports in the literature.

  3. Low-Temperature CO oxidation on multicomponent gold based catalysts

    Tomas eRamirez Reina


    Full Text Available In this work the development of gold catalysts, essentially based on γ-alumina with small superficial fraction of Ce-Fe mixed oxides as support for the low temperature CO oxidation is proposed. Characterization results obtained by means of XPS, UV-Vis spectroscopy and H2-TPR are employed to correlate the activity data with the catalysts composition. The bare γ-alumina supported gold catalyst demonstrates the poorest activity within the series. The addition of CeO2 or FeOX improves the catalytic performance, especially observed for the CeO2-FeOx mixed oxide doped samples. This enhanced CO oxidation activity was related to the Ce-Fe interaction producing materials with promoted redox properties and therefore oxidation activity

  4. Ultrasonic attenuation of CdSe at low temperatures

    Fernandez, B.J., E-mail: braulio@ula.v [Centro de Estudios de Semiconductores, Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Los Andes Apartado de Correos No.1, La Hechicera, Merida 5251 (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of); Calderon, E.; Bracho, D.B. [Centro de Estudios de Semiconductores, Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Los Andes Apartado de Correos No.1, La Hechicera, Merida 5251 (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of); Perez, J.F. [Laboratorio de Instrumentacion Cientifica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Los Andes Apartado de Correos No.1, La Hechicera, Merida 5251 (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of)


    The ultrasonic attenuation of a single crystal of CdSe has been investigated over the temperature range from 1.2 to 300 K at frequencies of 10, 30 and 90 MHz. We report here the temperature dependence of the attenuation in the range 1.2-30 K for piezoactive and non-piezoactive acoustic waves. A temperature-induced relaxation for two piezoactive waves, which scale with frequency towards higher temperatures, was found. A modified Hutson and White model with a new parameter {gamma} is proposed to explain the relaxation maxima of our data and others in the literature. In this model the parameter {gamma}, which seems to be closely related to the compensation, takes into account the impurities-sound wave piezoelectric coupling. By inverting the proposed expression for the sound attenuation to obtain the electrical conductivity from the relaxation, it is found that impurity conductivity of the hopping type is the dominant conduction process at low temperatures.

  5. Low-Temperature Solution Processable Electrodes for Piezoelectric Sensors Applications

    Tuukkanen, Sampo; Julin, Tuomas; Rantanen, Ville; Zakrzewski, Mari; Moilanen, Pasi; Lupo, Donald


    Piezoelectric thin-film sensors are suitable for a wide range of applications from physiological measurements to industrial monitoring systems. The use of flexible materials in combination with high-throughput printing technologies enables cost-effective manufacturing of custom-designed, highly integratable piezoelectric sensors. This type of sensor can, for instance, improve industrial process control or enable the embedding of ubiquitous sensors in our living environment to improve quality of life. Here, we discuss the benefits, challenges and potential applications of piezoelectric thin-film sensors. The piezoelectric sensor elements are fabricated by printing electrodes on both sides of unmetallized poly(vinylidene fluoride) film. We show that materials which are solution processable in low temperatures, biocompatible and environmental friendly are suitable for use as electrode materials in piezoelectric sensors.

  6. Utilization of low temperature heat for environmentally friendly electricity production

    Andreasen, Jesper Graa; Elmegaard, Brian; Haglind, Fredrik


    The focus on reduction of fossil fuelled electricity generation has increased the attention on exploitation of low grade heat as the energy source for electricity producing power plants. Low grade heat is heat, which isavailable at a low temperature, e.g. from waste heat from marine diesel engines...... and industrial processes orfrom geothermal and solar heat sources. Utilization of such heat sources makes it possible to produce electricity with no additional burning of fossil fuel, and does therefore represent an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuel based electricity production. Utilization...... of low grade heat is not feasible with conventional steam Rankine cycles (steam engines) due to undesirable properties of steam. Instead the organic Rankine cycle is typically used, since it enables thechoice of a working fluid, e.g. hydrocarbons or refrigerants, with desirable properties. One of the key...

  7. Freeze/thaw phenomena in concrete at low temperatures

    Johannesson, Björn


    Freeze/thaw damage in concrete is by general practice concluded to be a problem that can be avoided by using air-entraining agents to develop an air bubble structure in the hardened concrete together with the use of a relatively low water to cement ratio in mix. This fact is true for inner damages......, however, the so-called salt-frost damage, occurring mainly at the surfaces of concrete constructions, can not totally be avoided by the above mentioned method. The performance and the mechanisms occurring in concrete, with a substantial amount of water in its micro-structure, at very low temperature are......, however, in most part unknown. In this work samples of concrete at different water to cement ratios and air bubble contents subjected to freeze/thaw cycles with the lowest temperature at about -80 oC are investigated. By adopting a novel technique a scanning calorimeter is used to obtain data from which...

  8. Large-scale nanostructured low-temperature solar selective absorber.

    Chi, Kequn; Yang, Liu; Liu, Zhaolang; Gao, PingQi; Ye, Jichun; He, Sailing


    A large-scale nanostructured low-temperature solar selective absorber is demonstrated experimentally. It consists of a silicon dioxide thin film coating on a rough refractory tantalum substrate, fabricated based simply on self-assembled, closely packed polystyrene nanospheres. Because of the strong light harvesting of the surface nanopatterns and constructive interference within the top silicon dioxide coating, our absorber has a much higher solar absorption (0.84) than its planar counterpart (0.78). Though its absorption is lower than that of commercial black paint with ultra-broad absorption, the greatly suppressed absorption/emission in the long range still enables a superior heat accumulation. The working temperature is as high as 196.3°C under 7-sun solar illumination in ambient conditions-much higher than those achieved by the two comparables.

  9. Monte Carlo Simulation of Diamond Deposition at Low Temperature

    董丽芳; 张玉红


    Diamond deposition at low temperatures is investigated and the relationship between substrate temperature for diamond growth and the energy of the carbonaceous species is given. The electron energy distribution and velocity distribution during the electron assisted chemical vapour deposition have been obtained by using Monte Carlo simulation. The main results obtained are as follows. (1) The substrate temperature for diamond growth will be lower than 800 C when the carbonaceous species on the substrate have mobility energy. For example, if the energy of the carbonaceous species is 0. 75 eV, the substrate temperature will be 380℃-600℃. (2) The greatnumber of atomic H on the substrate is of importance to the growth of diamond films.

  10. PbO-free glasses for low temperature packaging

    Brow, R.K.; Bencoe, D.N.; Tallant, D.R. [and others


    Zinc polyphosphate glasses were examined as potential candidates for low temperature sealing applications. Glass-formation and properties were determined for the ZnO-P{sub 2}O{sub 5}, ZnO-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-P{sub 2}O{sub 5} and ZnO-SnO-P{sub 2}O{sub 5} systems, and information about the short-range structures of these glasses was obtained by Raman and solid state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopies. In general, the most durable polyphosphate glasses have structures based on relatively short pyrophosphate chain lengths (i.e., 2 P-tetrahedra). Modified phosphate compositions are given, including compositions used to seal float glass substrates at temperatures as low as 500{degrees}C.

  11. The low-temperature phase of morpholinium tetrafluoroborate

    Tadeusz Lis


    Full Text Available The crystal structure of the low-temperature form of the title compound, C4H10NO+·BF4−, was determined at 80 K. Two reversible phase transitions, at 158/158 and 124/126 K (heating/cooling, were detected by differential scanning calorimetry for this compound, and the sequence of phase transitions was subsequently confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction experiments. The asymmetric unit at 80 K consists of three BF4− tetrahedral anions and three morpholinium cations (Z′ = 3. Hydrogen-bonded morpholinium cations form chains along the [100] direction. The BF4− anions are connected to these chains by N—H...F hydrogen bonds. In the crystal structure, two different layers perpendicular to the [001] direction can be distinguished, which differ in the geometry of the hydrogen bonds between cationic and anionic species.

  12. Low Temperature District Heating for Future Energy Systems

    Schmidt, Dietrich; Kallert, Anna; Blesl, Markus


    of the building stock. Low temperature district heating (LTDH) can contribute significantly to a more efficient use of energy resources as well as better integration of renewable energy (e.g. geothermal or solar heat), and surplus heat (e.g. industrial waste heat) into the heating sector. LTDH offers prospects......, such as combustible fuels, and minimising energy losses and irreversible dissipation. The paper presents the international co-operative work in the framework of the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Technology Cooperation Programme on District Heating and Cooling including Combined Heat and Power (DHC|CHP) Annex......The building sector is responsible for more than one third of the final energy consumption of societies and produces the largest amount of greenhouse gas emissions of all sectors. This is due to the utilisation of combustion processes of mainly fossil fuels to satisfy the heating demand...

  13. Heat Capacities of Natural Antlerite and Brochantite at Low Temperature.

    Bissengaliyeva, Mira R; Bekturganov, Nuraly S; Gogol, Daniil B; Taimassova, Shynar T; Koketai, Temirgaly A; Bespyatov, Michael A


    The investigation of a magnetic component of the heat capacity of natural samples of copper sulfates antlerite Cu3SO4(OH)4 in the temperature range below 40 K and brochantite Cu4SO4(OH)6 below 55 K has been carried out. A regular component of the heat capacity has been calculated from experimental data of adiabatic calorimetry. In the low-temperature area of (0 to 55) K two peaks of magnetic heat capacity for brochantite have been registered. The contributions of anomalous component ΔStr into entropy of the minerals are (11 ± 3) J·mol(-1)·K(-1) for antlerite and (5.3 ± 1.5) J·mol(-1)·K(-1) for brochantite.

  14. Electromagnetic Isolation Solutions in Low Temperature Cofired Ceramic (LTCC)

    Krueger, Daniel; Peterson, Ken; Euler, Laurie


    Low Temperature Cofired Ceramic (LTCC) is a commercial ceramic-glass multilayer technology with compelling advantages for microelectronics, microsystems and sensors. High frequency applications require good electrical properties such as low dielectric loss and newer applications require extreme isolation from electromagnetic interference (EMI) that is even difficult to measure (-150db). Approaches to providing this isolation, once provided by via fences, have included sidewall coating and full tape thickness features (FTTF) that have been introduced by the filling of slots with via-fill compositions. Several techniques for creating these structures have been modeled for stress and temperature effects in the face of other necessary attachments, such as metallic seal frames. The relative effects of attachment media, FTTF geometry, and alternative measures will be reported. Approaches for thick film and thin film implementations are described.

  15. Low temperature properties of pnictide CrAs single crystal


    High quality single crystal CrAs was grown by Sn flux method.The results of magnetic susceptibility and electrical resistivity are reported in a temperature range of 2 to 800 K.At low temperatures,a T2 dependence of resistivity is observed showing a Fermi-liquid behavior.The Kadowaki-Woods ratio is found to be 1×10-5 μΩ cm mol2 K2 mJ-2,which fits well to the universal value for many correlated electron systems.At about 270 K,a clear magnetic transition is observed with sharp changes of resistivity and susceptibility.Above 270 K,a linear-temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility is observed up to 700 K,which resembles the T-dependent magnetic susceptibility of parents of iron-pnictides superconductors.

  16. Low temperature friction stir welding of P91 steel

    Prasad Rao Kalvala


    Full Text Available Bead-on-plate friction stir welds were made on P91 alloy with low and high rotational speeds (100 and 1000 RPM to study their effects on weld microstructural changes and impression creep behavior. Temperatures experienced by the stir zone were recorded at the weld tool tip. Different zones of welds were characterized for their microstructural changes, hardness and creep behavior (by impression creep tests. The results were compared with submerged arc fusion weld. Studies revealed that the stir zone temperature with 100 RPM was well below Ac1 temperature of P91 steel while it was above Ac3 with 1000 RPM. The results suggest that the microstructural degradation in P91 welds can be controlled by low temperature friction stir welding technique.

  17. Dissociative recombination coefficient for low temperature equilibrium cesium plasma

    Momozaki, Yoichi; El-Genk, Mohamed S.


    The dissociative recombination (DR) coefficient in decaying low temperature Cs plasma is calculated based on the experimentally measured relaxation time of decaying Cs plasma by L. P. Harris [J. Appl. Phys. 36, 1543 (1965)]. Results showed that DR is the dominant recombination process over three-body recombination at T<1650 K and PCs of 0.5-20 Torr (67-2666 Pa). The estimated DR coefficient for Cs is between 10-12 and 10-13 m3/s at T<1750 K and PCs of 0.5-20 Torr. Although theory predicts that DR coefficient solely depends on temperature, the present results show pressure dependency. For typical operating conditions in thermionic converters (T<1650 K and PCsless-than-or-equal400 Pa), DR is constant and approx5.26 x10-13 m3/s.

  18. Low-temperature behaviour of the engine oil

    Vojtěch Kumbár


    Full Text Available The behaviour of engine oil is very important. In this paper has been evaluated temperature dependence kinematic viscosity of engine oils in the low temperatures. Five different commercially distributed engine oils (primarily intended for automobile engines with viscosity class 0W–40, 5W–40, 10W–40, 15W–40, and 20W–40 have been evaluated. The temperature dependence kinematic viscosity has been observed in the range of temperature from −15 °C to 15 °C (for all oils. Considerable temperature dependence kinematic viscosity was found and demonstrated in case of all samples, which is in accordance with theoretical assumptions and literature data. Mathematical models have been developed and tested. Temperature dependence dynamic viscosity has been modeled using a polynomials 3rd and 4th degree. The proposed models can be used for prediction of flow behaviour of oils. With monitoring and evaluating we can prevent technical and economic losses.

  19. Room and low temperature synthesis of carbon nanofibres

    Boskovic, B O


    Carbon nanotubes and nanofibres have attracted attention in recent years as new materials with a number of very promising potential applications. Carbon nanotubes are potential candidates for field emitters in flat panel displays. Carbon nanofibres could also be used as a hydrogen storage material and as a filling material in polymer composites. Carbon nanotubes are already used as tips in scanning probe microscopy due to their remarkable mechanical and electrical properties, and could be soon used as nanotweezers. Use of carbon nanotubes in nanoelectronics will open further miniaturisation prospects. Temperatures ranging from 450 to 1000 deg C have been a required for catalytic growth of carbon nanotubes and nanofibres. Researchers have been trying to reduce the growth temperatures for decades. Low temperature growth conditions will allow the growth of carbon nanotubes on different substrates, such glass (below 650 deg C) and as plastics (below 150 deg C) over relatively large areas, which is especially suit...

  20. Carbide precipitation in austenitic stainless steel carburized at low temperature

    Ernst, F. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106-7204 (United States)]. E-mail:; Cao, Y. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106-7204 (United States); Michal, G.M. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106-7204 (United States); Heuer, A.H. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106-7204 (United States)


    Low-temperature gas-phase carburization can significantly improve the surface mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of austenitic stainless steel by generating a single-phase 'case' with concentrations of interstitially dissolved carbon exceeding the equilibrium solubility limit by orders of magnitude. Upon prolonged treatment, however, carbides (mostly {chi}, M{sub 5}C{sub 2}) can precipitate and degrade the properties. High-resolution and spatially resolved analytical transmission electron microscopy revealed the precise carbide-austenite orientation relationship, a highly coherent interface, and that precipitation only occurs when (i) the carbon-induced lattice expansion of the austenite has reached a level that substantially reduces volume-misfit stress and (ii) diffusional transport of nickel, chromium, and iron - enhanced by structural defects - can locally reduce the nickel concentration to the solubility limit of nickel in {chi}-carbide.

  1. Low-temperature preparation of anatase thin films on tantalum.

    Johnson, Scott E; Burgoon, Matthew W P; Wang, Qi; White, J M


    Titanium dioxide thin films were grown on oxidized Ta surfaces using a cyclic layer-by-layer wet chemistry method: successive-ionic-layer-adsorption-and-reaction (SILAR). Film thicknesses varied monotonically and approximately linearly with the number of cycles. As-grown (AG) films were amorphous and rougher (16.2 nm root-mean-square (rms)) than the Ta substrate (10.2 nm rms). After hydrothermal annealing (AN) at a remarkably low temperature of 393 K, the films exhibited anatase crystallites (10 nm dimensions) and reduced roughness (11.8 nm rms). The atomic composition of both AG and AN films was consistent with that of TiO2 containing no more than 4 atom % carbon. A small Si impurity (<1 atom %) was eliminated by using polypropylene beakers and sample holders in the SILAR steps.

  2. Research on low-temperature anodic bonding using induction heating

    Chen Mingxiang; Yi Xinjian [Department Opto-electronic Engineering, Huazhong Uni. of Sci. and Tech., Wuhan 430074 (China); Yuan Liulin [Institute of Microsystems, Huazhong Uni. of Sci. and Tech., Wuhan 430074 (China); Institute of Microsystems, Huazhong Uni. of Sci. and Tech., Wuhan 430074 (China); Liu Sheng [Institute of Microsystems, Huazhong Uni. of Sci. and Tech., Wuhan 430074 (China); Department Mechanical Engineering, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 48202 (United States)


    This paper presents a new low temperature silicon-glass anodic bonding process using induction heating. Anodic bonding between silicon and glass (Pyrex 7740) has been achieved at temperature below 300 deg. C and almost bubble-free interfaces have been obtained. A 1KW 400KHz power supply is used to induce heat in graphite susceptors (simultaneously as the high-voltage electrodes of anodic bonding), which conduct heat to the bonding pair and permanently join the pair in 5 minutes. The results of pull tests indicate a bonding strength of above 5.0MPa for induction heating, which is greater than the strength for resistive heating at the same temperature. The fracture mainly occurs across the interface or inside the glass other than in the interface when the bonding temperature is over 200 deg. C Finally, the interfaces are examined and analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and the bonding mechanisms are discussed.

  3. A Review on Complete Oxidation of Methane at Low Temperatures

    Zhenhua Li; Gar B. Hoflund


    This paper reviews recent developments in complete oxidation of methane at low temperatures over noble metal catalysts in the past 20 years. The Pd/Al2O3 catalyst system is fully discussed. The review mainly focuses on the kinetic aspects of methane oxidation over this catalyst, and methane activation behavior over Pd and PdO phases (the form of PdO on the surface, transient behavior, the nature of the active sites, the influence of metal particle size and their structure sensitivities, and so on). Some Pd catalysts supported on other oxides besides the Al2O3 support are briefly discussed. Possible routes of non-noble metal catalysts as substitutes for the Pd catalyst are also proposed.

  4. California low-temperature geothermal resources update: 1993

    Youngs, L.G.


    The US Department of Energy -- Geothermal Division (DOE/GD) recently sponsored the Low-Temperature Geothermal Resources and Technology Transfer Program to bring the inventory of the nation`s low- and moderate-temperature geothermal resources up to date and to encourage development of the resources. The Oregon Institute of Technology, Geo-Heat Center (OIT/GHC) and the University of Utah Research Institute (UURI) established subcontracts and coordinated the project with the state resource teams from the western states that participated in the program. The California Department of Conservation, Division of Mines and Geology (DMG) entered into contract numbered 1092--023(R) with the OIT/GHC to provide the California data for the program. This report is submitted in fulfillment of that contract.

  5. Design and Modelling of Small Scale Low Temperature Power Cycles

    Wronski, Jorrit

    impact on the work output of the expander.The final part of this report deals with the performance of plate heat exchangers. Several plate heat exchanger correlations were reviewed focussing on their applicability to ORC systems. A framework for dynamic heat exchanger modelling was developed......he work presented in this report contributes to the state of the art within design and modelling of small scale low temperature power cycles. The study is divided into three main parts: (i) fluid property evaluation, (ii) expansion device investigations and (iii) heat exchanger performance...... times and below 10−7 away from the phase boundaries.Regarding expansion devices for small scale organic Rankine cycle (ORC) systems,this work focussed on reciprocating machines. A prototype of a reciprocating expander with a swept volume of 736 cm3 was tested and modelled. he model was written in object...

  6. Low-temperature CO oxidation on multicomponent gold based catalysts

    Ramírez Reina, Tomás; Ivanova, Svetlana; Centeno, Miguel A.; Odriozola, José A.


    In this work the development of gold catalysts, essentially based on γ-alumina with small superficial fraction of Ce-Fe mixed oxides as support for the low temperature CO oxidation is proposed. Characterization results obtained by means of TEM, OSC, XPS, UV-Vis spectroscopy and H2-TPR are employed to correlate the activity data with the catalysts composition. The bare γ-alumina supported gold catalyst demonstrates the poorest activity within the series. The addition of CeO2 or FeOX improves the catalytic performance, especially observed for the CeO2-FeOx mixed oxide doped samples. This enhanced CO oxidation activity was related to the Ce-Fe interaction producing materials with promoted redox properties and therefore oxidation activity. PMID:24790941

  7. Low temperature conversion of plastic waste into light hydrocarbons

    Shah, Sajid Hussain; Khan, Zahid Mahmood; Raja, Iftikhar Ahmad; Mahmood, Qaisar; Bhatti, Zulfiqar Ahmad; Khan, Jamil; Farooq, Ather; Rashid, Naim [Department of Environmental Sciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Abbottabad 22060 (Pakistan); Wu, Donglei, E-mail: [Department of Environmental Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310029 (China)


    Advance recycling through pyrolytic technology has the potential of being applied to the management of plastic waste (PW). For this purpose 1 l volume, energy efficient batch reactor was manufactured locally and tested for pyrolysis of waste plastic. The feedstock for reactor was 50 g waste polyethylene. The average yield of the pyrolytic oil, wax, pyrogas and char from pyrolysis of PW were 48.6, 40.7, 10.1 and 0.6%, respectively, at 275 deg. C with non-catalytic process. Using catalyst the average yields of pyrolytic oil, pyrogas, wax and residue (char) of 50 g of PW was 47.98, 35.43, 16.09 and 0.50%, respectively, at operating temperature of 250 deg. C. The designed reactor could work at low temperature in the absence of a catalyst to obtain similar products as for a catalytic process.

  8. The Low-temperature Ion Sulfurizing Technology and its Applications

    Ma, G. Z.; Xu, B. S.; Wang, H. D.; Li, G. L.; Zhang, S.

    A solid lubrication film mainly consists of FeS, which has excellent tribology properties, can be formed on the sulfurized iron or steel surface. The sulfurizing technology has aroused intense attention from the day it appeared. However, the widespread industrial application of sulfurizing technology was promoted by the low-temperature ion sulfurizing (LTIS) process. This paper summarized the phylogeny and sorts of sulfurizing technology firstly; then, the process flow of LTIS technology, the forming mechanism, microstructure and tribological properties of ion sulfurized layer were introduced detailedly; and then, the technological, economic and environmental merits of LTIS technology were generalized; finally, the industrial applications of LTIS technology in various typical rolling, sliding and heavy duty parts were reviewed briefly. LTIS technology, with the advantages of high sulfurizing speed, good performance of sulfurized layer and without sideeffect, has played an important role in the tribology modification of ferrous parts, and the LTIS process will become more green, simple and efficient in the future.

  9. Low temperature spark plasma sintering of TC4/HA composites

    Huiliang Shao; Lei Cao; Daqian Sun; Zhankui Zhao


    Ti6Al4V/hydroxyapatite composites (TC4/HA) have been prepared by high energy ball milling and low temperature spark plasma sintering at 600 °C, 550 °C, 500 °C and 450 °C, respectively. The sintering temperature of the composites was sharply decreased as the result of the activation and surficial modification effects induced from high energy ball milling. The decomposition and reaction of hydro-xyapatite was successfully avoided, which offers the composites superior biocompatibility. The hydro-xyapatite in the composites was distributed in gap uniformly, and formed an ideal network structure. The lowest hardness, compressive strength and Young's modulus of the composites satisfy the requirements of human bone.

  10. Electrolytes for Li-Ion Cells in Low Temperature Applications

    Smart, M. C.; Ratnakumar, B. V.; Surampudi, S.


    Prototype AA-size lithium-ion cells have been demonstrated to operate effectively at temperatures as low as -30 to -40 C. These improvements in low temperature cell performance have been realized by the incorporation of ethylene carbonate-based electrolytes which possess low melting, low viscosity cosolvents, such as methyl acetate, ethyl acetate, gamma-butyrolactone, and ethyl methyl carbonate. The cells containing a 0.75M LiPF6 EC+DEC+DMC+EMC (1:1:1:1) electrolyte displayed the best performance at -30 C (> 90% of the room temperature capacity at approximately C/15 rate), whereas, at -40 C the cells with the 0.75M LiPF6 EC+DEC+DMC+MA (1:1:1:1) and 0.75M LiPF6 EC+DEC+DMC+EA (1:1:1:1) electrolytes showed superior performance.

  11. Anodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Operating at Low Temperatures

    Abdul Jabbar, Mohammed Hussain

    An important issue that has limited the potential of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) for portable applications is its high operating temperatures (800-1000 ºC). Lowering the operating temperature of SOFCs to 400-600 ºC enable a wider material selection, reduced degradation and increased lifetime....... On the other hand, low-temperature operation poses serious challenges to the electrode performance. Effective catalysts, redox stable electrodes with improved microstructures are the prime requisite for the development of efficient SOFC anodes. The performance of Nb-doped SrT iO3 (STN) ceramic anodes...... at 400ºC. The potential of using WO3 ceramic as an alternative anode materials has been explored. The relatively high electrode polarization resistance obtained, 11 Ohm cm2 at 600 ºC, proved the inadequate catalytic activity of this system for hydrogen oxidation. At the end of this thesis...

  12. High pressure-low temperature processing of food proteins.

    Dumay, Eliane; Picart, Laetitia; Regnault, Stéphanie; Thiebaud, Maryse


    High pressure-low temperature (HP-LT) processing is of interest in the food field in view of: (i) obtaining a "cold" pasteurisation effect, the level of microbial inactivation being higher after pressurisation at low or sub-zero than at ambient temperature; (ii) limiting the negative impact of atmospheric pressure freezing on food structures. The specific effects of freezing by fast pressure release on the formation of ice I crystals have been investigated on oil in water emulsions stabilized by proteins, and protein gels, showing the formation of a high number of small ice nuclei compared to the long needle-shaped crystals obtained by conventional freezing at 0.1 MPa. It was therefore of interest to study the effects of HP-LT processing on unfolding or dissociation/aggregation phenomena in food proteins, in view of minimizing or controlling structural changes and aggregation reactions, and/or of improving protein functional properties. In the present studies, the effects of HP-LT have been investigated on protein models such as (i) beta-lactoglobulin, i.e., a whey protein with a well known 3-D structure, and (ii) casein micelles, i.e., the main milk protein components, the supramolecular structure of which is not fully elucidated. The effects of HP-LT processing was studied up to 300 MPa at low or sub-zero temperatures and after pressure release, or up to 200 MPa by UV spectroscopy under pressure, allowing to follow reversible structural changes. Pressurisation of approximately 2% beta-lactoglobulin solutions up to 300 MPa at low/subzero temperatures minimizes aggregation reactions, as measured after pressure release. In parallel, such low temperature treatments enhanced the size reduction of casein micelles.

  13. Glycemic index: effect of food storage under low temperature

    Marina Cassab Carreira


    Full Text Available This study was carried out to evaluate the influence of food storage under low temperature (-20ºC and the resistant starch formation, both on the glycemic index (GI. The GI of only cooked and cooked and stored foods under -20ºC for 30 days was evaluated in short-term tests with humans. Significant increase on the RS content was evidenced for all the stored foods. The food storage resulted in a significant decrease on the GI of beans and chick-peas; the GI of pasta remained the same and the GI of corn meal increased. Thus, the RS formation showed reduced influence on the glycemic index. The storage of starchy foods under low temperature can collaborate to the RS intake but its effect on the GI will depend on the characteristics of the carbohydrates of each food.O estudo foi realizado para avaliar a influência do armazenamento de alimentos sob baixa temperatura e a formação de amido resistente sobre o índice glicêmico (IG. O IG de alimentos cozidos ou cozidos e armazenados a -20ºC por 30 dias foi avaliado em ensaios de curta duração com humanos. Aumento significativo no conteúdo de AR foi evidenciado para todos os alimentos armazenados. O armazenamento dos alimentos resultou em significativa redução no IG do feijão e do grão de bico. O IG do macarrão foi o mesmo e da polenta sofreu aumento. Desta forma, a evidenciada formação de AR mostrou reduzida influência no IG. O armazenamento de alimentos fonte de amido sob baixa temperatura pode colaborar com a ingestão de AR, mas o efeito sobre o IG vai depender das características dos carboidratos de cada alimento.

  14. Ecological implications of metabolic compensation at low temperatures in salamanders

    Alessandro Catenazzi


    Full Text Available Global warming is influencing the biology of the world’s biota. Temperature increases are occurring at a faster pace than that experienced by organisms in their evolutionary histories, limiting the organisms’ response to new conditions. Mechanistic models that include physiological traits can help predict species’ responses to warming. Changes in metabolism at high temperatures are often examined; yet many species are behaviorally shielded from high temperatures. Salamanders generally favor cold temperatures and are one of few groups of metazoans to be most species-rich in temperate regions. I examined variation in body temperature, behavioral activity, and temperature dependence of resting heart rate, used as a proxy for standard metabolic rate, in fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra. Over 26 years, I found that salamanders are behaviorally active at temperatures as low as 1 °C, and aestivate at temperatures above 16 °C. Infrared thermography indicates limited thermoregulation opportunities for these nocturnal amphibians. Temperature affects resting heart rate, causing metabolic depression above 11 °C, and metabolic compensation below 8 °C: heart rate at 3 °C is 224% the expected heart rate. Thus, salamanders operating at low temperatures during periods of peak behavioral activity are able to maintain a higher metabolic rate than the rate expected in absence of compensation. This compensatory mechanism has important ecological implications, because it increases estimated seasonal heart rates. Increased heart rate, and thus metabolism, will require higher caloric intake for field-active salamanders. Thus, it is important to consider a species performance breadth over the entire temperature range, and particularly low temperatures that are ecologically relevant for cold tolerant species such as salamanders.

  15. VUV Absorption Spectroscopy of Planetary Molecules at Low Temperature

    Jolly, A.; Benilan, Y.; Ferradaz, T.; Fray, N.; Schwell, M.


    A critical review of the available absorption coefficient in the vacuum ultraviolet domain (100-200 nm) has lead us to undertake new measurements at the Berlin synchrotron facility (BESSY). Many of the molecules detected in planetary atmospheres and in particular those which need to be synthesized in the laboratory, have never been measured at low temperature. The first molecules that we have studied are HCN, HC3N and C2N2. New absorption coefficients have been obtained including first spectra at low temperature (220 K). The effect of the temperature on the spectra can then be discussed in view of the application to the much colder atmosphere of Titan. The nitriles studied here play an important role in the chemistry taking place in Titan's atmosphere and are believed to be responsible for the formation of Titan's aerosols. From our measurements, we have calculated the photodissociation rates for each molecule which are essential to include in any photochemical model. This is true for Titan but also for cometary and interstellar medium models. To describe the formation of a solid phase, the models also need to include photodissociation rates for larger molecules which have not been detected yet. This will now be possible for HC5N since the first spectra of this molecule has been obtained by our team. Furthermore, the first stellar occultation measurement of Titan's atmosphere by the UV spectrometer (UVIS) on board the CASSINI spacecraft has permitted the detection of species not observed before in this wavelength domain. But it has also shown a lack of experimental data in this domain. So far, the model is not able to reproduce the observed spectral feature. C4H2 is the molecule that should explain some of the observed feature but absolute cross sections are missing. We will present our latest experimental measurements on this molecule.

  16. Low-temperature tolerance and cold hardening of cacti

    Nobel, P.S.


    Reduced uptake by the chlorenchyma cells of cacti of a stain (neutral red) was used as an indicator of low-temperature damage resulting from cooling stems in the laboratory. Necrosis set in a few degrees below the temperature at which the fraction of cells accumulating stain was reduced by 50%. Coryphantha vivipara, Opuntia polyacantha, and Pediocactus simpsonii, which range to over 300 m altitude in southern Wyoming, were quite cold tolerant. Relationships among tissue cold sensitivity, morphological features which protect the stems from low temperatures, and the occurrence of species in progressively colder regions were investigated. Differences in tissue cold sensitivity accounted for the approx. = 600 m higher elevational limit of Coryphantha vivipara var. rosea compared to the morphologically similar var. deserti in southern Nevada. In contrast, morphological differences alone could adequately explain the relative northern limits of the columnar cacti Carnegiea gigantea vs Stenocereus gummosus and the barrel cacti Ferocactus acanthodes vs. F. wislizenii in the southwestern United States, as previously indicated using a computer model. Cold hardening in response to decreasing day/night air temperatures was observed for 10 species. A decrease from 50/sup 0//40/sup 0/ to 10/sup 0//0/sup 0/ lowered by 4/sup 0/ the temperature at which the fraction of the chlorenchyma cells taking up stain was reduced 50% for both D. rhodacantha and T. candicans, with a half-time for the shift of approx. = 3 d. The tolerance of subzero temperatures and the ability to cold harden allow cacti to range into regions with considerable wintertime freezing.

  17. Low temperature tolerance and cold hardening of cacti

    Nobel, P.S.


    Reduced uptake by the chlorenchyma cells of cacti of a stain (neutral red) was used as an indicator of low-temperature damage resulting from cooling stems in the laboratory. Necrosis set in a few degrees below the temperature at which the fraction of cells accumulating stain was reduced by 50%. Coryphantha vivipara, Opuntia polyacantha, and Pediocactus simpsonii, which range to over 3000 m altitude in southern Wyoming, were quite cold tolerant (50% inhibition of staining occurred from -17/sup 0/ to -20/sup 0/C), while O. bigelovii and O. ramosissima, which are restricted to much warmer habitats, were not very cold tolerant (50% inhibition from -4/sup 0/ to -7/sup 0/). Relationships among tissue cold sensitivity, morphological features which protect the stems from low temperatures, and the occurrence of species in progressively colder regions were investigated. Differences in tissue cold sensitivity accounted for the =600 m higher elevational limit of Coryphantha vivipara var. rosea compared to the morphologically similar var. deserti in southern Nevada. In contrast, morphological differences alone could adequately explain the relative northern limits of the columnar cacti Carnegiea gigantea vs. Stenocereus gummosus and the barrel cacti Ferocactus acanthodes vs. F. wislizenii in the southwestern United States, as previously indicated using a computer model. Differences in both morphology and tissue cold sensitivity apparently influenced the relative northern ranges of Lophocereus schottii with respect to the other columnar cacti and F. covillei with respect to the other barrel cacti, as well as the relative elevational range of Denmoza rhodacantha with respect to Trichocereus candicans in northcentral Argentina. Cold hardening in response to decreasing day/night air temperatures was observed for 10 species.

  18. Fluoroester Co-Solvents for Low-Temperature Li+ Cells

    Smart, Marshall; Bugga, Ratnakumar; Prakash, G. K. Surya; Smith, Kiah; Bhalla, Pooja


    Electrolytes comprising LiPF6 dissolved in alkyl carbonate/fluoroester mixtures have been found to afford improved low-temperature performance and greater high-temperature resilience in rechargeable lithium-ion electrochemical cells. These and other electrolytes comprising lithium salts dissolved mixtures of esters have been studied in continuing research directed toward extending the lower limit of operating temperatures of such cells. This research at earlier stages, and the underlying physical and chemical principles, were reported in numerous previous NASA Tech Briefs articles. The purpose of the present focus on high-temperature resilience in addition to low-temperature performance is to address issues posed by the flammability of the esters and, at temperatures near the upper end (about 55 C) of their intended operating temperature range, by their high chemical reactivity. As used here, high-temperature resilience signifies, loosely, a desired combination of low flammability of an electrolyte mixture and the ability of a cell that contains the mixture to sustain a relatively small loss of reversible charge/discharge capacity during storage in the fully charged condition at high temperature. The selection of fluoroesters for study as candidate electrolyte solvent components to increase high-temperature resilience was prompted in part by the observation that like other halogenated compounds, fluoroesters have low flammability. The fluoroesters investigated in this study include trifluoroethyl butyrate (TFEB), ethyl trifluoroacetate (ETFA), trifluoroethyl acetate (TFEA), and methyl pentafluoropropionate (MPFP). Solvent mixtures were prepared by mixing these fluoroesters with two other esters: ethylene carbonate (EC) and ethyl methyl carbonate (EMC).

  19. Low temperature spin reorientation in dysprosium iron garnet

    Lahoubi, M; Younsi, W; Soltani, M L [Department of Physics, Badji-Mokhtar University, BP-12 Annaba, 23000 (Algeria); Voiron, J; Schmitt, D, E-mail: [Louis Neel Laboratory, CNRS-UJF, BP-166, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)


    The spin reorientation (SR) phase transition in dysprosium iron garnet (Dy{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} or DyIG) have been studied by specific heat C{sub p}(T) and high field magnetisation measurements M{sub T}(H) and M{sub H}(T) on single crystals at low temperature. A first order SR is observed with a sharp jump at T{sub SR} = 14.5+-0.5 K in the C{sub p}(T) curve which corresponds to a spontaneous change from the high temperature (HT) easy direction (111) to an (uuw) angular low temperature (LT) phases. Above T{sub SR}, the magnetic structure is described by the irreducible representation (IR) A{sub 2g} of the rhombohedral space group R 3 c. Below T{sub SR}, the magnetic structure changes in the monoclinic the space group C2/c with the IR A{sub g}. When the field H is kept aligned along the hard symmetry directions (100) and (110), we obtain respectively the variation of the angular positions theta(T) and theta'(T) from the total spontaneous magnetisation down to 1.5 K (theta = 39.23 deg. and theta' = 30.14 deg.) and the results are in good agreement with the previous observations in low fields. When the sample is allowed to rotate freely on itself, the critical field H{sub c}(T) between the HT(111) and the LT(uuw) angular phases permits us to precise the transition line up to 15 T and 40 K between the so called canted field induced (FI) and the associated collinear magnetic phases. The experimental magnetic phase diagram (MPD) is precisely determined in the (H{sub c}-T) plane and the domains of the existence and the stability of the two magnetic phases are specified.

  20. The Socorro Geothermal System: A Low Temperature Geothermal Resource

    Person, M. A.; Owens, L. B.


    The State of New Mexico is endowed with relatively high background heat flow and permeable, fractured crystalline and sedimentary rocks. This combination has given rise to numerous low temperature geothermal systems throughout the state. In many instances, hot springs associated with these systems are located within gaps in regional confining units (a.k.a. hydrologic windows) caused either by fault block rotation or the emplacement of volcanic dikes. The Socorro Geothermal Area (SGA) is a prime example of this type of a forced convection geothermal system. The Socorro geothermal area (SGA) lies 2 miles to the west of the NM Tech Campus near the base of the Socorro Mountain Block and will be assessed for production by drilling a 1500ft test well in September 2009. Published shallow temperature gradient measurements in fractured, permeable (3000 Darcy) granites indicate peak heat flow values as high as 490 mW/m^2 but decreases to 25 mW/m^2 about 10 km to the west within the La Jencia Basin near the foothills of the Magdalena Mountains. Silica and Cation based geothermometers suggest that deep geothermal reservoir reaches temperatures of 80 to 112 deg. C. Carbon14 age dating of shallow groundwater within the discharge area are about 20,000 years old. Hydrothermal models we constructed indicates that Mountain front recharge penetrates to depths of 4.5 km below the La Jencia Basin sedimentary pile into fractured, crystalline rocks. Discharge occurs through a hydrologic window to the east within a breached playa deposit at the western edge of the Socorro Basin. The hydrologic window was caused by fault block rotation. Warm springs which produce several hundred gpm of 32 deg. C water at the surface several miles to the south of the proposed drilling area also attest to the presence of a significant hydrothermal system. This low temperature resource could potentially heat the Campus of NM Tech.